Lady Antebellum is now Lady A after removing offensive connotations from their name. Now the group is meeting with jazz singer Lady A — whose name they appropriated.
After the country group made the name change announcement, jazz singer Lady A took to Instagram. “How can you say Black Lives Matter and put your knee on the neck of another Black artist?” she wrote. “I’m not mad. I am, however, not giving up my name, my brand I worked hard for.” She finished the rant with the hashtag #TheRealLadyA.
When Rolling Stone reached out to her about the name change, Lady A had harsh words. “This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done. This is too much right now,” she told the magazine.
Now the group formerly known as Lady Antebellum has met up with Lady A, though no real details were revealed.
“Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A,” the group wrote on Instagram. “Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had. We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come.”
Included in that Instagram post is a screenshot of the group chat. According to sources familiar with both groups, jazz singer Lady A and country group Lady A will continue using the same name. The original Lady A, real name Anita White, says she’s looking forward “to a beneficial outcome for both parties.”
It’s unclear what the terms of the agreement are, but it’s hard to imagine a worse move.
Ditching the romanticization of the Old South is the correct move, but appropriating a black artists’ name to do it smacks of ignorance. The move wasn’t malicious, but how hard is it to Google a name before you announce it?