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CMA apologizes, lifts media guidelines for awards show

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The Country Music Association is now apologizing for guidelines that were previously set for the media ahead of the CMA Awards next week.

In a statement sent out just after noon Friday, the organization said:

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

The organization sent out rules for the media on Thursday, requesting reporters not ask about "the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like."

The rules warned that anyone who strayed from the approved line of questioning would be escorted out by security.

Here is the statement that was initially issued by CMA about the guidelines:

By accepting a media credential to the CMA Awards, you are agreeing that you (and all representatives from your organization) have read the Media Guidelines and agree to follow them. Anyone found violating the Media Guidelines risks forfeiting their CMA Awards credentials.

In light of recent events, and out of respect for the artists directly or indirectly involved, please refrain from focusing your coverage of the CMA Awards Red Carpet and Backstage Media Center on the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like. It’s vital, more so this year than in year’s 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. 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. We appreciate your cooperation in advance. If you have any concerns on your coverage plans, please reach out to the CMA Communications team in advance so we can be a great partner as we celebrate 'The 51st Annual CMA Awards.'

Country star Brad Paisley reacted to the CMA's guidelines on Friday morning:

Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be co-hosting the awards show next Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena.

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