Country music awards show reverses ban on questions about Vegas shooting

11TH Annual ACM Honors – Show – Nashville, Tennessee
11TH Annual ACM Honors – Show – Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., 23/08/2017 - Brad Paisley performs "My Tennessee Mountain Home." REUTERS/Harrison McClary

November 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Country Music Association (CMA) on Friday reversed a ban on journalists asking questions at its annual awards show about last month’s Las Vegas mass shooting, hours after singer Brad Paisley criticized the rules as “ridiculous.”

In media guidelines issued earlier this week, the CMA asked reporters not to focus their coverage of the Nov. 8 awards show red carpet on “the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like.” It said credentials could be revoked for any media doing so.

A lone gunman shooting from a hotel window killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more when he opened fire on 20,000 fans at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

On Friday, the CMA lifted, and apologized for, the restrictions, saying in a statement the “sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music.”

“Bravo CMA awards for doing the right thing & apologizing for this mistake. All are welcome, let’s have a great show,” Paisley tweeted.

The country music star, who is co-hosting Wednesday’s show in Nashville, had earlier tweeted, “I’m sure the CMA will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines. In 3…2….1……”

Singer Ryan Adams had joked on Twitter that approved topics at the ceremony might include “Wagon Wheels, Bacon, repurposed barn wood, (and) cussin’ at snakes.”

Singers Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Chris Young were among the musicians either on stage in Las Vegas when the shooting broke out, or watching the show.

Caleb Keete, a guitarist with the Josh Abbott Band, said in October that the shooting had caused him to change his stance on gun control after being a lifelong supporter of the right to bear arms.

The CMA awards, one of the biggest celebrations of country music in the United States, will air live from Nashville on ABC television on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Frances Kerry)

  • Lois Giannopulos

    Normally I look forward to the CMA’s … but so sick of political BS EVERYWHERE … won’t be watching.

  • semper liber

    Just finished reading an article from 2014 wherein 4 knife wielding men attacked and killed 24 people and injured 130. Happened at a train station in China. What we need is more common sense knife control laws, and maybe include hammers and bats, to prevent such an occurrence here. Where are the democrats when we need this urgent law right now…

  • quaichang

    Any “country” artist who supports taking away, in ANY measure, the God given rights of Americans enshrined in our Constitution will be permanently OFF my playlist. AND my “pay”list–as in, they’ll get NO MORE MONEY from me.

  • Mike Curtis

    Two Words: Dixie Chicks. If you’re talented, just play and get paid. Otherwise, shut up.

    • mschmidt48

      Since the “Dukes of Hazard” was banned from TV and the “Dixie Highway” was forced to be renamed, why haven’t the “Dixie Chicks” been forced to change their name? Or do they get a pass because they’re a left leaning group that have been very vocal against anything Conservative?

  • Dennis Shellhouse

    I haven’t watched the CMAs in years. There is no country music there.

  • Jock E Shift

    Musicians, apparently, like actors and some sport figures, suffer from the delusion that their opinions should be heard and heeded above anyone else’s just because they are “celebrities”. They are paid to entertain, not used their respective platforms to forward an agenda.

  • Ed L

    Lone gunman. Good thing I got my hip waders on

  • BNG66

    Whatever. …
    CMA = joke

  • Fidgets

    Does country music have some intel on a nutcase Bernie supporter open firing into their fans? Why would anyone care about what they have to say on the matter other than it was a tragedy? As far as wanting gun control laws – say goodbye to your fan base as you’ll probably find that most fans of country music are pro 2nd amendment and probably even more so after that particular tragedy.

  • intimeforthedime

    Hours after the truck running down the bikers we knew the entire life story of the terrorist.
    And we keep hearing about it, over and over and over in the news.
    But the Las Vegas shooter, nothing and silence…hmmmmm
    And then we have the CMA putting out an official ban on talking about it…hmmmmm

    A 4 year old could tell you these things do not add up.

  • Varangian Guard

    PC = Preposterous Complications

  • rodger ramjet

    To the country musicians who are now supporting gun control we need to stop listening and buying their music they produce. That also means that we should not attend their concerts when they go on tours around the country.

    If enough of us comply they will feel it in their pocket books. I guess these country musicians are now under influence from the Hollywood crowd.

    Gun control is not issue. It is the people who own them. It seems we need to put the Democrats and those RINOs under control since they are the ones who are committing acts of gun violence.

  • Disgusted Caucasian

    The gunman was a staunch Bernie supporter and targeted a mass of Trump voters and killed as many as possible. With all the resources of the feds and other investigating agencies, I find it impossible to believe that they can’t come up with an official motive for the mass slaughter. They damn well know and will not tell us. They, instead, choose to run out the clock till the next big news story hoping we all forget and don’t press them for an answer. I CALL BS!!!!!!!

  • Done with it all

    CMT has added rappers and pop stars to the mix…..just another reason besides being owned by MTV, why Country music has gone Hollywood along with many of it’s artists.

    • Disgusted Caucasian

      Yup…..I have my traditional country music on disc and avoid the latter because of what you posted. Those that control country music seem to want to go the same route of NASCAR and the NFL.

    • intimeforthedime

      My children choose to listen to music from the 80s and some 90s. Both country and pop…back when there were pretty much only 2 types of music on the radio.
      Today, anytime a new pop or country song comes on and sounds good, within the second verse some crapper comes in and ruins it with some rant about sex or how much money they have.

      I do not see my family watching the CMAs…or of the other 10,000 music awards shows.

    • pemaddin

      When they put rappers on the show our family turned them off forever. Country music is not about racism, vulgar language, nakedness, trashing women, promoting violence and the fans are leaving in masses now that country has embraced that nasty c$#p.

  • Robert Adams

    Leave the subject alone. It’s just the MSM feeding on the public’s insatiable voyeurism.

  • Phil M. Kelley

    The PC culture has gone waaaay too far in the US. This never should have been an issue. Whatever happened to,”I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”