Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge and Chely Wright are among the artists to be honored next month during the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts' (LARA) 2010 OUTMUSIC Awards.

The twentieth iteration of the annual show will be held in the heart of Times Square at Town Hall NYC on December 1, also World AIDS Day.

Singer and gay ally Lauper will receive the OUTMUSIC Icon Award, openly lesbian rocker Etheridge will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and country music star Wright, who came out gay earlier this year, will be honored with the Vanguard Award, which will be presented by country singer-actress Dolly Parton via video.

The event will be hosted by comedians Julie Goldman and Jonny McGovern (the Gay Pimp), stars of Logo's The Big Gay Sketch Show. Comedian Tammy Peay, known as Ms Peay, will co-host the event. And Broadway legend Carol Channing and musical great Melba Moore are expected to put in special appearances.

The OUTMUSIC Awards celebrates, honors and documents the contributions of openly gay recording artists and performers.

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