CMA Apologizes, Lifts Media Guidelines For Awards Show

CMA Apologizes, Lifts Media Guidelines For Awards Show

In the days after a terrorist opened fire on a crowd of people at a Las Vegas country music festival-killing 58 people and wounding 546 others-the genre was forced to address its relationship with guns.

The Country Music Association has apologized and lifted media guidelines for this year's award show following backlash.

In media guidelines for the 51st annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, the CMA previously said the restrictions were "out of respect for the artists directly or indirectly involved" and they wanted everyone "to feel comfortable talking to press".

The punishment for breaking this particular set of rules was also quite harsh. "If you are reported as straying from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort", the guidelines warned.

It's not unheard of for the CMA to make the media adhere to strict rules.

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While publicists, particularly ones who represent performers, will often request reporters' questions be focused on the event that's taking place, it's considered highly unusual to oust a journalist for not complying. A small percentage of artists publicly changed their stance on gun control, some distanced themselves from the NRA's country music promotional arm, and Roseanne Cash wrote a powerful gun control op-ed in The New York Times.

New Artist of the Year nominees Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs and Brett Young, as well as three-time CMA Awards victor and 20-time previous nominee Trisha Yearwood, will step in as presenters and help co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood during the 51st annual CMA Awards.

The CMA has not responded to Paisley's tweet at this time. She tweeted out saying that country music has always been about truth and it should stay that way to honor those impacted in Las Vegas. The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best intentions to honour and celebrate country music.

It's understandable that they don't want media asking these questions, because the pain of what happened in Las Vegas is still very fresh on the hearts and minds of those who will be in attendance.

The controversial restrictions, issued on Thursday, was first noted by the Nashville Scene.

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