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'CMA Best of Fest': Lady A's performance makes viewers change channel and say 'change name to Lady Cave'

Racism, name change and legal troubles angered fans and many think the band 'caved' to pressure
Lady A (Getty Images)
Lady A (Getty Images)

The band Lady A's woes continue as fans took potshots at the group for choosing to appear on CMA's 'Best of Fest' while they are still in the throes of a battle to keep their new name after it came to light that the name was already being used by blues singer Anita White.

Despite initially seeming like they were going to work with White, it appeared the band and the singer were not able to see eye-to-eye and find a way to share the name, with White now finding herself being sued by the band for the name. The move naturally put Lady A in a precarious situation as far as public opinion was concerned, with many harshly condemning them for being 'performative' with their activism and antiracism.

Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of musical group Lady A (Getty Images)

And the criticisms continued tonight with one fan sharing, "I feel like we should have pulled Lady A from this lineup considering... everything." The opinion was shared by others, and as some quoted the band's lyrics, "You've got nerve to waltz right in, & think what's mine is yours again," it seems like perhaps their appearance may have been in poor taste. As the ABC Network tweeted out, "Who’s LOVING @LadyA?" one viewer responded, "No one after what they’re doing to the real Lady A." And as one viewer shared, "I need to change the channel for a minute," it certainly seemed the group wasn't going to get a pardon anytime soon.

But the band's fans soon showed up. One shared, "Whether they are called Lady Antebellum or Lady A, I'm always going to be a fan! Period." Another said, "This is the best @ladya song. The intro is so fantastic," and one fan stated, "Wow I can’t believe this @ladya performance is from 12 years ago! The year I became a fan — March 2008." Some fans were angered by the name change, but not for reasons pertaining to the ongoing battle. "Love Lady A. Still saddened they caved and shortened their name. Seen them twice. First time drove 5 hours to see them at a casino," shared one fan, while another viewer stated, "EFF @ladya. Should change their name to LadyCave."