“That’s Some White Privilege”: Singer Lady A Addresses Band Lady A’s Lawsuit Against Her Over Name

Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A in June, to make it more “inclusive” amid the injustices occurring against Black people throughout the country.

The band Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, have sued Anita White, the Seattle-based blues singer who has performed under the name Lady A for over 20 years.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the band’s lawsuit is “seeking a ruling that their use of the trademark ‘Lady A’ does not infringe on White’s alleged trademark rights of the same name.” The report also noted that the group isn’t seeking monetary damages from the singer.

In a separate report from, the band’s lawsuit against White came about after she asked for $10 million.

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” they said in a statement. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”

“We never even entertained the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will – today’s action doesn’t change that,” the statement also said. “Instead, we shared our stories, listened to each other, prayed and spent hours on the phone and text writing a song about this experience together. We felt we had been brought together for a reason and saw this as living out the calling that brought us to make this change in the first place.”

In the suit, the band said that it has used Lady A interchangeably with Lady Antebellum as early as 2006, and applied to register the name for live musical performances and streaming musical program in 2010. Later on, the band applied to register the Lady A name for musical recordings and clothing, and their applications didn’t receive any opposition at the time.

Since then, White has addressed the lawsuit on her Instagram, sharing a report of the suit on her story with the comment: “You finally realize your name is racially problematic so you shorten it, but then sue the Black woman that has been using that name for almost two decades….That’s some white privilege.”

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

Published by
Elijah C. Watson

Recent Posts

Beyoncé & Adidas Officially End Their Partnership

After reports of declining Ivy Park sales, Beyoncé and Adidas have ended their creative partnership… Read More

March 24, 2023

Justin Roiland of ‘Rick and Morty’ Has His Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed

Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland has domestic violence charges, stemming from an alleged 2020… Read More

March 23, 2023

Afroman is Being Sued By Ohio Law Enforcement After They Raided His House

Rapper Afroman is being sued by several members of Adams County Sheriff’s Office after they… Read More

March 23, 2023

Director Alain Gomis on His Illuminating New Thelonious Monk documentary, ‘Rewind & Play’

We spoke to director Alain Gomis about his stunning new Thelonious Monk documentary, Rewind &… Read More

March 23, 2023

Watch the Trailer for Upcoming Netflix Stand-Up ‘My Name Is Mo’Nique’

Oscar-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique will star in an upcoming Netflix stand-up special, which premieres… Read More

March 23, 2023

Kendrick Lamar Will Produce An Upcoming Comedy Directed by ‘South Park’ Co-Creator Trey Parker

Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free will produce an upcoming live-action comedy with South Park co-creators… Read More

March 23, 2023