The country music group Lady Antebellum has made a big change to the band….the name. Lady Antebellum are now calling themselves Lady A.
Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood have changed the name of their band today because of the word “Antebellum.” The word has an association to slavery. The definition of Antebellum is that there was legal slavery before a particular war, especially the American Civil War.
This change was announced by the band on Twitter and they informed the fans about why they did it.
“When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern ‘antebellum’ style home where we took our first photos, the band said in their tweet.” ” As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us…southern rock, blues, R&B, gospel and of course country. But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the civil war, which includes slavery.”
The group then added their apology to the people by saying, “we are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued.”
Lady A is well known for their music. The band was formed 14 years ago and since then, they created chart-topping hit songs. One of them includes “Need You Now.”
And of course “Just A Kiss.”
Once they’ve said their apologies, they vowed that the name change would be the first step into committing to “practice antiracism,” according to CNN.
Although this will have mixed reactions to the fans, Lady A has admitted their mistake and they’re committing to become better people.
“We will continue to educate ourselves, have hard conversations and search the parts of our hearts that need pruning — to grow into better humans, better neighbors,” they said in their tweet. “Our next outward step will be a donation to the equal justice initiative through Ladyaid. Our prayer is that if we lead by example…with humility, love, empathy and action…we can be better allies to those suffering from spoken and unspoken injustices, while influencing our children and generations to come.”
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