After the CMA Awards faced criticism for issuing media guidelines that asked press not to focus on the Las Vegas shooting, gun control, or politics -- including from co-host Brad Paisley, who called the guidelines "ridiculous and unfair" -- they have apologized and lifted the restrictions. Their statement reads:

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

Brad Paisley then responded, "Bravo CMA awards for doing the right thing & apologizing for this mistake. All are welcome, let's have a great show."