The Grammy-winning country group Lady Antebellum changes its name to Lady A, with members saying they were sorry and embarrassed for not considering the word’s associations with slavery. The group, made up of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, made the announcement on their social media on Thursday.
Their first self-titled album was released in 2008, and included Grammy-winning No. 1 country hit “I Run To You,” and was then cross-pop pop hit with nine times platinum “Need You Now.” . They won three Grammys for this song, including Record of the Year. They have also won numerous awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music in their almost 14-year careers.
The statement said that they chose the name after the antebellum-style house where they shot their first group photos, and it reminded them of southern music styles. Antebellum means before a war and the term was widely associated with the pre-Civil War period in the United States when slavery was practiced.
Group members said that in recent weeks their eyes have been open to “blind spots that we didn’t even know existed” and “the injustices, inequalities and prejudices that black women and men have always faced” .
The group said it was deeply sorry for the harm it had caused and for anyone who felt in danger, invisible or unassessed.