Country music star and “American Idol” judge Luke Bryan has a lot to say about the drama between Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, and blues singer Lady A, who has been performing under the name for decades.
On Tuesday, August 11, the “One Margarita” joined “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.” During the interview, Bryan gave an honest and outspoken perspective on the situation.
“I don’t think they were anticipating the aftermath of being called Lady A,” Bryan said. “I can say that, for years, everyone in the community, in the country music community, has really referred to them as Lady A.”
Bryan then said he “thought it was a great option for them to choose” but that “now it’s tricky.”
“Like I said, who knows what they’ll have to figure out,” he added. “But, god, what a mess in the aftermath of removing ‘antebellum.'”
Luke Bryan Says “It’s Tricky,” But What Does Lady A Have to Say?
Back in June, the trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and David Haywood announced the name change decision. The revealed they wanted to drop “Antebellum” from their band name. The band released a lengthy statement on Instagram in which they make the announcement.
The statement begins with the band recognizing the changes taking place in American society. “As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge…inclusive of all,” the statement reads. “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.”
The band then explains that the decision to change the name came after time spent contemplating and reaching out to friends in the Black community. “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 statement continues.
Lady A on the History Behind the word “Antebellum”
Thereafter, the group explains the history behind the original name. “When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern ‘antebellum’ style home where we took our first photos,” the statement reads. “As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us…Southern Rock, Blues, R&B, Gospel and of course Country.”
In the statement, the trio says they did not consider the issues at the time. They expressed their embarrassment at using a “word referring to the period of history before The Civil War, which includes slavery.”
In conclusion, Lady A hopes to make a positive change moving forward. “Our prayer is that if we lead by example…with humility, love, empathy and action…we can be better allies to those suffering from spoken and unspoken injustices, while influencing our children & generations to come.”