Me­dia re­stricted from gun, political ques­tions at CMA Awards event

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - By KristinM. Hall

NASHVILLE, TENN. » The Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion is warn­ing me­dia out­lets to avoid ques­tions about a re­cent mass shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas, gun rights or political af­fil­i­a­tions at its an­nual awards show next week or risk los­ing cre­den­tials.

In me­dia guide­lines for Wed­nes­day’s 51st an­nual CMAAwards held in­Nashville, Ten­nessee, the as­so­ci­a­tion said the re­stric­tions were “out of re­spect for the artists di­rectly or in­di­rectly in­volved” and they wanted ev­ery­one “to feel com­fort­able talk­ing to press.” Me­dia who strayed from the guide­lines could have their cre­den­tials “po­ten­tially re­voked via se­cu­rity es­cort.”

At a me­dia pre­view Thurs­day in New York City with hosts Car­rie Un­der­wood and Brad Pais­ley, The As­so­ci­ated Press asked the per­form­ers about the Ve­gas shoot­ing. The stars said they want to honor the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies dur­ing the show. Last year, the hosts­made jokes about then- pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton, al­though the political jokes were much gen­tler than other award shows.

In a re­cent in­ter­view with Rolling Stone mag­a­zine, Pais­ley said he knows he’ll have a somber task ahead of him.

“There’s pres­sure if you don’t han­dle it right,” the singer said at a re­cent video game event he hosted with his wife, Kim­berly Wil­liams-Pais­ley, in Nashville. “If you deal with it wrong, there’s an enor­mous amount of pres­sure.”

Ac­cord­ing to Pais­ley, honoring the 58 fes­ti­val at­ten­dees who died at the Route 91 mass shoot­ing will be a part of the hosts’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“We’re not go­ing to ig­nore it, but we’re not go­ing to also dwell on that,” he says. “We have tomake sure we honor those we’ve lost, but we also ( have to) cel­e­brate this mu­sic, which lives on, and do a good job hav­ing the heart we need to have on that night. And also the theme of the show this year is very much about unity and com­ing to­gether as a for­mat.”

Mes­sages left for CMA rep­re­sen­ta­tives weren’t im­me­di­ately re­turned Thurs­day.

Many coun­try stars have spo­ken pub­licly about the shoot­ing to of­fer con­do­lences or to raise money for vic­tims.

CMT re­cently de­cided not to hand out awards dur­ing its re­cent CMT Artists of the Year show and ded­i­cated the en­tire night to vic­tims of the shoot­ing.

CHARLES SYKES — AP

Coun­try su­per­stars Brad Pais­ley and Car­rie Un­der­wood will host the CMA Awards for the 10th con­sec­u­tive year. The event will airWed­nes­day on ABC. The Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion is re­strict­ing me­dia ques­tions at the event.

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