Lady A, previously known as Lady Antebellum, is a country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar), and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin). Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis, and Kelley is the brother of pop singer Josh Kelley.
The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone," before signing to Capitol Nashville. Lady Antebellum has released six albums for Capitol: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now, Own the Night, Golden, 747, Heart Break and Ocean, plus one Christmas album (On This Winter's Night). The first three albums are certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The albums have produced sixteen singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which nine have reached #1. The longest-lasting #1 single is "Need You Now," which spent five weeks at that position in 2009; both that song and 2011's "Just a Kiss" reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts.
Lady A was awarded Top New Duo or Group by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2008. Lady A continued to rake in the awards, winning their first Grammy Award in 2009 with "I Run to You." In 2010, Lady A won three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Best Country Album, and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Their 2011 album, Own the Night, also has the distinction of winning the Grammy Award for Best Country Album.
The band abbreviated their name to "Lady A" in June 2020 amid the George Floyd protests in an attempt to blunt the name's associations with slavery and the Antebellum South, causing a dispute with Black gospel singer Anita White, who had already been using that same name for more than 20 years.
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