Lady Antebellum Changes Their Name to ‘Lady A’ to Remove Slavery Connotations — ‘We Are Deeply Sorry for the Hurt This Has Caused’

Spotify's updated page for 'Lady A,' June 11th, 2020.

Spotify’s updated page for ‘Lady A,’ June 11th, 2020.

Grammy-winning band Lady Antebellum has now changed their name to ‘Lady A’ to eliminate any reference to pre-Civil War slavery and racial injustice.

Country trio Lady Antebellum has officially changed their name to ‘Lady A’ to address negative connotations of slavery and racial injustice. The term ‘antebellum,’ which is Latin for ‘pre-war,’ is typically used in the United States to refer to the period before the Civil War, particularly in the south. That period is often romanticized by many southerners, though the band felt the name obscured centuries of black oppression and slavery.

“As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge… for all,” the group stated in a message to fans. “We’ve watched and listened more than ever these last few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality, and biases black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.”

The statement continues: “After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer, and many honest conversations with some of our closest black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.”

Lady A members Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley expressed that they “are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued.”

The move comes alongside intensifying demands to remove Confederate statues, flags, and other symbols connected with the southern U.S.

Just recently, NASCAR decided to ban all Confederate flags from its events, and HBO Max pulled Gone With the Wind for glorifying the antebellum south.

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Others are also changing names that are viewed as offensive, Confederate or otherwise. Just this morning, indie label ‘One Little Indian Records’ changed its name to ‘One Little Independent Records’ following the receipt of an ‘eye-opening letter’ from an irate fan. The label has jumpstarted the careers of a number of highly-successful indie artists, including Skunk Anansie, Björk, and Sneaker Pimps.

18 Responses

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    Geronimo

    OK. Another bunch of spineless weenies jumping on the virtue-signaling bandwagon so they can sell records.

    Phony BS. Congrats. Hitler youth would be proud.

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      Jerry

      Ooorrrrrr…it’s an artist who decided to change their name for whatever reason they wanted, and fuck your stupid ass opinion since it doesn’t what you think anyway.

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      Deepfreeze

      and you call yourself Geronimo…….hmmm….and referenced hitler…..as Jerry said,fuck you very much…..

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          Ollie

          Libtard? Ha ha ha! Now that’s funny. Not the word or your use, but the fact that you used it at all. You look like the complete fool that you are.

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    Albert Shanker

    The fact that these 3 southerners didn’t know the meaning of Antebellum is one issue. No one learns history anymore in the digital age…Possibly a “cancel culture “ victim if they didn’t disavow their connection. What’s popular isn’t always good…

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    restless94110

    What cowards. No one knows or cares what Antebellum means. If it means anything at all in 2020. And it it does indeed meany anything in 2020, it certainly has means nothing even close to racism.

    Who told this band to do this to themselves? Hey Lady Antebellum. Fire your management. Then grow a pair. Leave your name alone.

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      Barry

      Thanks for commenting without doing a shred of research. Look up Antebellum. Just once. You won’t so I’ll point out that it refers to the American South pre-Civil War – an ugly time of slavery in our nation’s history.

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        Geronimo

        Uglier is black lives splatter rioting and looting. Remember…it was democrats who wanted slavery, and they still do.

        All lives matter.

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          Angeloser

          Another foolish post. You’re consistent, at least.

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      Anonymous

      Cowards was my first thought as well. They don’t really care about slavery or how the name is associated with the plantation era. Anything to get the headlines. They’ll forever be cowards in my mind.

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    Angelito

    Cute to see white snowflakes lining up to pleasure BBC.

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    JR

    LET ME GET HTIS STRAIGHT…EVERY SINGLE THING SINCE THE DAWN OF MAN IS RACIST. PRE-CORONAVIRUS IS RACIST TO CHINESE, PRE WW1 HOMES, PRE WW2 HOMES, PRE THIS PRE THAT WTF??? LADY ANTEBELLUM YOU’RE NEVER GETTING ANOTHER PENNY FROM THIS “FORMER” FAN. HOW STOOOOOPID!!!!!!! HOW SAD!!!!! WTF????!!!!!!

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    JR

    HOW ABOUT BLACK ARTISTS STOP SPEWING THEIR CURSING AND BLACK COMEDIANS STOP MAKING WHITE CRACKER JOKES AND STERIOTYPING “US!!!!!” WHAY STUPIDITY AND LACK OF TRUE THOUGHT!!!!! SO WHAT? “PRE CIVIL WAR” INCLUDES THE TIME OF ADAM & EVE, THE EGYPTIANS, THE ROMAN EMPIRE, THE BRITISH EMPIRE, THE CRUSADES, ETC ETC. VERY VERY STUPID MOVE. YOU’VE JUST ALIENATED EVERY FAN WHO LISTENED AND BOUGHT YOUR RECORDS ANYWAY!

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    TWOCENTS

    All of you are just…. WOW…. First off, they are suing a black singer to use the name…… Second, while there is a point to it being a nod to a time with “racism”
    Antebellum doesn’t mean much to anyone and its just publicity.
    Great time for 3 white people to steal a name forcefully from a black woman.
    A lot of you are commenting on this come off racist as hell.
    This band should be boycotted. Anyone who supports them really should look at their moral compass.

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    Adri

    Yet they sued the REAL Lady A, a black blues singer to get HER NAME! 🧐
    Bunch of phonies!