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CMA Lifts Media Guidelines Following Controversy

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The Country Music Association has lifted its media guidelines demanding press not ask about the Las Vegas tragedy next week during the CMA Awards.

The CMA issued an apology Friday morning (Nov. 3) explaining the intention behind what country stars called “ridiculous” and “embarrassing” restrictions placed on press.

"CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted," reads the statement. "The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music."

In an email to media on Thursday morning (Nov. 2), the CMA demanded press not ask questions regarding the “Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like” both on the CMA Awards red carpet and in the backstage pressroom. 

"It's vital, more so this year than in year's [sic] past due to the sensitivities at hand, that the CMA Awards be a celebration of Country Music and the artists that make this genre so great," the previous guidelines read. "It's an evening to honor the outstanding achievements in Country Music of the previous year and we want everyone to feel comfortable talking to press about this exciting time. If you are reported as straying from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort."

Brad Paisley, the decade-long host of the CMA Awards, spoke out against the guidelines Friday, calling them “ridiculous and unfair.”

“I’m sure the CMA will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines. In 3...2....1.....,” he wrote just two hours before the official lift was announced. 

Cam responded to Brad’s comment, writing the CMA’s original guidelines were “embarrassing” and has been “taken way too far.” “You can encourage respect without silencing people,” she added.

Maren Morris followed suit with her own comment about the spirit of country music.

“Country music has always been about the truth. Out of respect for the Las Vegas victims, let’s keep it that way,” she wrote.

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