CMA Rescinds Media Restrictions, Apologizes After Host Brad Paisley Speaks Out

The Country Music Association is apologizing after trying to impose media restrictions on questions about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun rights or political affiliations at their awards show next Wednesday.

A statement from the CMA on Friday says the restrictions on topics in their media guidelines have been lifted following a backlash, including from the co-host for the awards show Brad Paisley.

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

Paisley tweeted Friday morning that the restrictions were "ridiculous and unfair." The association initially said in its guidelines that the restrictions were out of respect for the artists and that media who strayed from the guidelines could have their credentials "potentially revoked via security escort."

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