Lady Antebellum sues singer Lady A to share name!!
A dispute between the country trio formerly known as Lady Antebellum and the Seattle blues singer currently known as Lady A has taken an unexpected and unfriendly turn. While the artists had appeared to come to a preliminary agreement regarding sharing the same stage name, now it seems they are headed to court.
Last month, Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of the country trio Lady Antebellum released a lengthy joint statement announcing that — “after much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of [their] closest Black friends and colleagues” — they were dropping the “Antebellum” from their band name due to “associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the Civil War, which includes slavery.” Instead, the group would now be known officially by its longtime nickname, Lady A.
Unfortunately, the stage name “Lady A” already belonged to a 61-year-old Black woman, Anita White, who blasted the country group in an Instagram post the day after their name change announcement, saying: “How can you say Black Lives Matter and put your knee on the neck of another Black artist? I’m not mad … I am however not giving up my name, my brand I worked hard for.”
Things seemed to smooth over the following week, however, when the two Lady A’s linked up via Zoom and posted a smiling screenshot of what appeared to be a successful meeting. “Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest and authentic conversations were had. We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come,” the band announced. At that time, a representative for the group told Yahoo Entertainment that the two artists were working on an arrangement that would allow them to both “move forward as Lady A.”
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Lady Antebellum sues singer Lady A to share name! Lady Antebellum sues singer Lady A to share name