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This year's Country Music Association Awards were meant to provide healing for an industry shaken by the massacre at a festival in Las Vegas last month. Wednesday night's show paid tribute to the fans who became victims, but it also reinforced how few of the artists want to talk about the gun debate reignited by the tragedy.

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The CMA Awards on Wednesday night is expected to be both a celebration of country music and an entire industry’s take on recent natural disasters and shooting tragedies. The man tasked with performing that balancing act is David Wild, the writer whose words presenters will read off of scrolling teleprompters.

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The Country Music Association lifted its ban on questions about the Las Vegas tragedy around noon on Friday after growing social media outcry from musicians and journalists.

"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."

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Less than a week out from the most contentious election in generations, the stars at Wednesday night’s Country Music Association Awards in Nashville did not take the bait.

None of the night’s performers or presenters used their screen time to make any overt political mentions. The show’s hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood poked fun at and lightheartedly lamented the never ending nature of this year’s campaigns, with a few gentle jabs at Donald Trump.

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At Wednesday night's CMA Awards, Dolly Parton will be honored for a lifetime of success.

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For the second time in a row, Luke Bryan won Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. 

It’s been a good year for the singer of “Play It Again," who also won Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. This time, at the CMAs, Luke Bryan thanked God, his wife and, of course, his fans for the top award of the night.

“All the people that laid down their hard-earned money to come see my show," he said, "thank you so much."