"You know, I don't think they were anticipating the aftermath of being called Lady A," the country singer said during an interview on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Tuesday (August 11). "I can say that for years, everyone in the community, in the country music community, has really referred to them as Lady A. Like, I would call and say, 'Hey, get the Lady A guys on the phone,' you know?
"I think it was a great option for them to choose, it just...now it's tricky," he continued. "But like I said, who knows what they'll have to figure out. But god, what a mess. What a mess in the aftermath of removing 'Antebellum.'"
In June, the Grammy-winning band announced that going forward, they will be dropping "Antebellum" from their name and will now go by Lady A due to its connection with slavery. "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.," the trio wrote in a statement on social media at the time.
However, the group, consisting of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, were faced with backlash from a blues singer by the name of Anita White who has been using the name Lady A for several decades.
The country band met with White to try and find "common ground," but weeks later the group filed a lawsuit against her in hopes that the court would rule that their use of the name Lady A doesn't go against her "alleged trademark rights."
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