Michael Ray and More Join 2021 Concert for Love and Acceptance Lineup

Kathy Mattea will be honored with the "Rescue A Life, Y’all" Award.

Michael Ray and More Join 2021 Concert for Love and Acceptance Lineup
Michael Ray; Cover art courtesy of Warner Music Nashville/Photo credit: Sean Hagwell

Michael Ray, Lily Rose and more have been added to the lineup of the 2021 Concert for Love and Acceptance, as Ty Herndon and CMT join forces to support LGBTQ youth and their families.

Taking place in Nashville on June 30, the concert will add Michael Ray, Lily Rose, and a wide range of others to the bill, including Jake Hoot, Jamie Floyd, Paul Cardall and Cody Belew. Comedian Dana Goldberg and former NFL quarterback Steve Young and his wife Barbara will also be on hand, all appearing for an event now in its sixth year.

The concert was founded by Herndon after he became the first male country artist to come out as gay in 2015, and since then more have followed in his footsteps. One of those artists is Brothers Osborne front man TJ Osborne, who went public earlier this year, and his band is set to headline this year’s event.

Other previously announced performers include Kristin Chenoweth, Terri Clark, Brooke Eden, Harper Grae, Chris Housman, Kathy MatteaRissi Palmer, Gretchen Peters, Tenille Townes, Walker County and Chase Wright

Meanwhile, Mattea will also be honored with the second annual Foundation For Love & Acceptance R.A.L.Y. (Rescue A Life, Y’all) Award, presented by Herndon in recognition of her early advocacy for the LGBTQ community and HIV/AIDS awareness. 

“Kathy Mattea was standing up for LGBTQ people and raising awareness about the HIV and AIDS epidemic long before it was cool — especially in the country music community,” said Herndon. “It’s an honor to give her the long-overdue recognition she deserves for being a pioneering ally and friend.”

The 2021 Concert for Love and Acceptance will be co-hosted by Herndon and CMT’s Cody Alan, and will take place at 8:00 p.m. ET — live-streaming exclusively on CMT’s Facebook and YouTube channels, and at F4LA.org/concert. Event proceeds will be donated to GLAAD, MusiCares, and Nashville’s Oasis Center.