When the Country Music Association levels its 51st CMA Awards on November eighth in Nashville, they’re going to achieve this with a strict edict to members of the press: do not pose questions concerning the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest pageant taking pictures or gun points to nation artists in attendance. Should a journalist fail to stick to the principles, the affiliation says, they might have their credentials revoked “via security escort.”
In a set of media pointers disseminated Thursday morning, the Country Music Association singled out the “Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like” as verboten, each on the CMA Awards purple carpet and within 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. 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,” the rules learn. “If you are reported as straying from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort.”
The Route 91 Harvest pageant taking pictures on October 1st rocked the nation music group, thrusting the style and its artists into the onerous information cycle as points about gun management have been raised in gentle of the tragedy. Nashville artists’ relationships with the NRA Country group have been questioned and ties to the group confirmed early indicators of fraying, with acts like Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett, former NRA Country highlight artists, confirming they’d no ongoing partnership with the group. Some stars have been extra outspoken: Jason Isbell tweeted, “What a truly awful thing. It simply shouldn’t be that easy to hurt that many people,” whereas Maren Morris channeled her frustration into the brand new music “Dear Hate.”
Florida Georgia Line, Rhett, Isbell and Morris are all nominees at Wednesday’s CMA Awards.