The Grammy-winning country music band Lady Antebellum announced Thursday that it is changing its name to Lady A. in support of racial equality.
The country-pop trio said the decision to change its name came "after much personal reflection" and "honest conversations with some of our closest black friends."
The members said they named their band after the antebellum-style home where their first photo shoot took place. They said it reminded them of "all the music born in the south that influenced" them.
Despite the well-intentioned naming of the band, they said they are embarrassed they neglected the connotations connected with the word.
"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," the band said in a statement on Twitter.