Lady Antebellum: the American group changes its name to become Lady A on the links of the slave era


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Lady Antebellum – now Lady A – with the three Grammys won in 2010

The leading American pop group Lady Antebellum changed its name to Lady A because Antebellum has connotations with the era of slavery.

The Nashville trio won five Grammys and had seven albums in the American top 10, including three number one.

The word antebellum is used to refer to the period and architecture in the southern United States before the Civil War.

They say they took the name of the architectural style, but are “deeply sorry for the harm it has caused.”

In a statement on Twitter, they said their eyes were open to “the injustices, inequalities and prejudices that black women and men have always faced” and “the blind spots that we never even knew existed.”

They originally got their name from the house style before the war after taking their first group photos in front of one of these houses almost 14 years ago, they said.

“As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the South that influenced us,” they wrote.

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“But we are sorry and embarrassed to say that we have not taken into account the associations which weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the civil war, which includes slavery.

“We are deeply sorry for the harm it has caused and for anyone who has felt in danger, invisible or unassessed. Causing pain has never been the intention of our heart, but that doesn’t change the fact that in fact it is exactly what it did. ”

The group is best known for its success Need You Now, which reached number two in the United States and the top 20 in the United Kingdom in 2010.

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Bjork record label also changed its name

They said they made the decision after “personal reflection, group discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest black friends and colleagues.”

They added: “We cannot make any excuse for our delay in achieving this. What we can do is recognize it, turn away from it and act. ”

The move comes after British label One Little Indian, which released Bjork’s music, Sigur Ros, and Paul McCartney’s side project, The Fireman, changed its name to One Little Independent.

Founder Derek Birkett said he made the decision after a fan explained why the name was “offensive”.

The label’s name comes from a counting song for children that includes lyrics about the often violent death of “10 little Indian boys” – referring to the Native peoples of America – while emphasizing stereotypes and caricatures of their culture.

Over the years, the word “Indians” has been replaced by an offensive term for blacks, and the song has often been played in blackface.


“The past few weeks have been a monumental learning curve,” Birkett said in a statement.

“Following the receipt of a revealing letter from a Crass fan explaining precisely why the logo and label name are offensive, as well as the violent history of terminology, I felt just as dismayed and grateful for letting me understand what needed to be changed. ”

He went on to explain that the label was founded in the late 1970s, when his friends were inspired by the “philosophies of the indigenous peoples of the Americas”.

“I was naive enough when I created my label to think that the name and the logo reflected my respect and appreciation for the culture,” he said. “I now recognize that both contribute to racism and should have been treated a long time ago. ”

The name changes as the music industry seeks to address its complicated history with the race, following the death of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests around the world.

The term “urban music” was deleted by Republic Records, which houses Drake and Ariana Grande, while the Grammys announced that they would stop using “urban” to describe black music in their award categories.

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