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Lady Antebellum Changing Name to Lady A: ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Pain the Name Caused Others

Lady Antebellum Changing Name to Lady A: ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Pain the Name Caused Others

Antebellum means pre-war, but most commonly associated with the time before the Civil War.

Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A since people use “antebellum” to describe the era in the South before the Civil War.

Antebellum also refers to the Southern house style during that period.

The trio – Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott – chose the name Lady Antebellum because they took their first band pictures at that kind of house.

But after the death of George Floyd, the band did some soul-searching.

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 everyday [sic]. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.

After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closes black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word “Antebellum” from our name and move on as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.

They knew people would ask why now:

We understand that many of you may ask the question “Why have you not made this change until now?” The answer is that we can make no excuse for our lateness to this realization. What we can do is acknowledge it, turn from it and take action.


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OleDirtyBarrister | June 11, 2020 at 5:11 pm

“Lady Antebellum” is a stupid name in the first instance, and “Lady A” is no improvement.

But it does not really matter, this pop act pretending to be a country act is on the backside of the career arc anyway.

theduchessofkitty | June 11, 2020 at 5:14 pm

This is stupid. Pathetically stupid.

Well, one more band I can avoid listening to.

    Katy L. Stamper in reply to Johnula. | June 11, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Johnula, I replied to you on the other post. If you donate $$, it goes to the Foundation for the website; none other needed at this time.

    clayusmcret in reply to Johnula. | June 12, 2020 at 10:12 am

    “Give it up for the band formerly known as Relevant!”?

    “Give it up for the band formerly known as Good!”?

    “Give it up for the band formerly known as Wanted!”?

    Yeah, I’m torn what to call them. They’re no longer relevant, I don’t care they used to be good and damned sure no longer want them.

Antebellum doesn’t even refer to the South. Northerners such as myself use it to refer to a time period; location doesn’t enter into it. Of course which war the bellum references is more obvious in the areas most affected by the Civil War, which would be much of the South.

To explicitly include “south” they’d have to work a meridianalis in there somewhere. Or maybe australis.

As for this band, it sounds like they’re afraid somebody will steal their equipment or set fire to it if they don’t truckle in an approved manner. And they’re most likely right. Though truckling probably won’t help all that much. When The Community goes on one of its periodic looting sprees, anything is considered fair game.

The tolerant left, at it again. Redefine word meanings, everyone a victim, and in the end, most people were totally clueless about it as an issue.

I was never a fan of their music, so I will refer to them as Lady A..H… a much more fitting name, IMHO.

2smartforlibs | June 11, 2020 at 5:40 pm

You’re not yet but you will when the cancel culture gets done with you.

Taking a preemptive stance in an attempt to duck notice of the woke crowd won’t work. If they want you canceled, you will be. Apologies only show weakness and make you an easy target.

caseoftheblues | June 11, 2020 at 5:44 pm

I rolled my eyes so hard over this pathetic virtue signaling they got stuck for a bit….
Seriously the entire country has gone mad

Can I get an apology for the all-caps formatting? That’s offensive.?

they’ve been hounded over this for many many years.
not gonna be good enough they will have to give in for every offense now for any reason.

Oh, for fuck sake, Antebellum, as in before “war,” might just refer to last winter. The way this country is going a lot of us may be looking back to the last three years with fondness, and use the term antebellum, especially since the Left seems determined to start a war. The Entitlement Left is promoting it, and we common folk appear to be preparing. Guns are clean, ammunition has been resupplied, stock piles have been restored after the short term run this spring.
Lady Asshole should just shut up and go away.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Haverwilde. | June 11, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    So….. We must call Dem the Antebellum Left….

    The Antebellum Democrats…..

    Antebellum BLM……

    Antebellum ANTIFA……

    Antebellum Pelosi…..


If their sales tank they can blame nobody but themselves. It will also be interesting to see what happens with NASCAR this summer since they have now banned Confederate battle flags from their cars and facilities.

Idjits. Pandering, cowardly idjits.

I would boycott them for their absolute idiocy if I had ever heard of them before. Oh well.

What about the pain that their music caused? Doesn’t that count for anything? As George sang:
Who’s gonna fill their shoes?
Who’s gonna stand that tall?
Who’s gonna play the Opry
And the Wabash Cannonball?

Certainly not these bubblegum country bands.

Copperjockey | June 11, 2020 at 7:08 pm


Gugino, the provocateur who was pushed down by the police in Buffalo and had “horrendous” brain injuries that miraculously disappeared on the way to the hospital, turns out to have been arrested 300 times, 82 for inciting a riot or violence against others, including law enforcement.

The Friendly Grizzly | June 11, 2020 at 7:22 pm

I have asked thisin other threads and on other sites: are there any whites left with any spine? If I hads an act, or brand, or something similar and the SJWs came after me aboutt I will tell them to pound sand.

I get on my knees for no one, and that is especially true for The Exalted Minority./

    Nigel Farage had a radio program in the UK. He was kicked off the air today because he said BLM was a communist organization that wanted to overthrow capitalist society.

    No one cared that BLM openly says that about themselves.

I always thought that was a weird name, but mostly because of the “Lady” part. I mean, it’s two guys and a chick.

healthguyfsu | June 11, 2020 at 7:53 pm

Won’t be listening to them any more than I used to (never).

NavyMustang | June 11, 2020 at 8:51 pm

I would be willing to bet a buck that the type of people who do stuff like take over that neighborhood in Seattle, etc., have absolutely no clue what antebellum means and probably wouldn’t recognize it as an English word!

She’s pretty for a fat girl.

I’ve never heard it referred to as just ‘Antebellum’…always ‘Antebellum South’

How dumb are these people? Do they realize that the civil was was to end slavery? Do they know that democrats were the kkk and fought for slavery and no voting for women? These people should not be let go outside without keepers.

They probably should have entitled their tweet “Dear ex-fans”…

How cute.

Do for them what we did for the Dixie Chicks.

Putting aside whether a name change was even a good idea:
They’ve angered fans who are tired of the thought police and PC wimps; and they’re well down the road to angering the people they’re trying to appease by ripping off a black singer who has been using “Lady A” for over 20 years.
Monumentally stupid move.

Christopher B | June 12, 2020 at 8:05 pm

And… Evidently they haven’t heard of that thing called Google or they would have discovered there’s already a ‘Lady A’ and she’s not pleased.

Lady Antebellum Is Now ‘Lady A.’ But So Is a Black Blues Singer Who’s Used the Name for 20 Years. “’I’m not about to stop using my name. For them to not even reach out is pure privilege’ — Anita White, known professionally as Lady A.”

BiovizierMantrid | June 12, 2020 at 9:44 pm

I’m not up on trends in this sort of music, but has this band had any recent popularity? This reminds me of when the metal band Anthrax announced a name change during the anthrax scare after 9-11. That was an apparent move to get people talking about them again. I suspect this Lady A thing is a similar stunt to get attention by capitalizing on recent events.