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The Dixie Chicks, Drop the Dixie From Band Name and Are Now The Chicks

The Dixie Chicks, Drop the Dixie From Band Name and Are Now The Chicks

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The Grammy-winning The Dixie Chicks are now just The Chicks.

The country trio, which consists of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire, changed its social media handles Thursday and their official website, thechicks.com, had a message scrawled across the top that reads: “We want to meet this moment.”

The band also recognized that the name was already in use by a band in New Zealand.

The Dixie Chicks 2006 American Music Awards - Backstage
L-R) Musicians Emily Robinson, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire of The Dixie Chicks pose backstage at the 2006 American Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on November 21, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/AMA/Getty Images for AMA)

“A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to The Chicks of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters,” the group said in a statement.

The name change comes amid nationwide protests highlighting racial injustice in America. The term Dixie refers to Southern U.S. states, especially those that belonged to the Confederacy.

The Dixie Chicks Winners of Best Record of the Year, Best
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Winners of Best Record of the Year, Best Album of the Year, Best Song of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Country Album, the Dixie Chicks: Emily Robison (L), Natalie Maines (C) and Martie Magure (R) pose with the trophies at the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles 11 February 2007. Outspoken country trio the Dixie Chicks swept the 49th Grammy awards with their hit single “Not Ready To Make Nice,” a song that tackles their vocal criticism of US President George W. Bush. AFP PHOTO/Gabriel BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Country music group Lady Antebellum made a similar move, dropping the word Antebellum from its name due to the term’s slavery connotation — used particularly to describe existing before the American Civil War. They now are Lady A.

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The Chicks, who are releasing their first new album in 14 years next month, also released a new video for their new song, “March March” that features videos and images from the recent Black Lives Matter rallies.

The Chicks are the best selling female group in America with more than 33 million albums sold in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Formed originally in Texas as a bluegrass group, the band hit commercial fame with their breakthrough album Wide Open Spaces. The band has won 13 Grammys.

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