The Country Music Association has threatened reporters who want to talk about current events at the CMA Awards next week.
The organization warned reports that credentials could be revoked if they ask about any of the off-limit topics, including guns and the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest festival shooting.
“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,” the organization said in a set of guidelines acquired by Rolling Stone.
“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.”
Fifty-eight people were killed and 546 were injured when Stephen Paddock opened fire into the crowd at Jason Aldean’s concert on Oct. 1.
Co-host Brad Paisley told Rolling Stone last week that he doesn’t plan to ignore the mass shooting.
“But we’re not going to also dwell on that,” he said.
“We have to make 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.”
Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting the event again for the 10th consecutive year.
The 51st annual CMA Awards airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ABC.