Lady Antebellum, hands down one of the most successful groups in country music, declared on July 11th that it is dropping the word “antebellum” from its name “after much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest discussions with some of our closes friends and colleagues.”
The trio will from now on be known as Lady A, the endearment most fans and friends have called the band from the beginning.
The group says it is “regretful and embarrassed” not to have taken associations with the slavery era into account when choosing the name more than 10 years ago.
Notably, there had been little to no pressure from the public for the group to drop or change the name. But it reportedly was a topic of discussion, and sometimes rampant concerns in country music circles for years.
“Dear fans,” the group wrote in a public letter, “we have strived for our music to be a refuge… inclusive of all. we’ve watched and listened more than ever these past 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 every day. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.