In a shocking announcement to fans, Lady Antebellum has announced that they are dropping “Antebellum” from their name, instead going by Lady A. The move comes after “personal reflection” from the band, as the cry for racial justice and equality continues to roar across the country.
“As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge… inclusive of all,” they shared in a statement. “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. 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 closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.”
While taken from the southern style home, the word is also associated with a particularly dark scar in our nation’s history.
“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. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that. So today, we speak up and make a change. We hope you will dig in and join us.”
The band shares that this is “just one step” of many more that need to be taken. “We want to do better. We are committed to examining our individual and collective impact and making the necessary changes to practice antiracism. 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.”
The band has also made a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative, hoping to lead by example.
“We can be better allies to those suffering from spoken and unspoken injustices, while influencing our children & generations to come.”