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Lady Antebellum

is an American country pop music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The trio is composed of Hillary Scott (lead vocals), Charles Kelley (lead vocals) and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin).

The group made their debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman’s single “Never Alone”, before signing to Capitol Records Nashville and releasing “Love Don’t Live Here”. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008, and served as the first single to the group’s self-titled debut album.

Certified platinum in the U.S., the album also includes the singles “Lookin’ for a Good Time” and “I Run to You”, the latter of which became the group’s first Number One in July 2009. “Need You Now” was released in August 2009 and was the first single from the band’s new album released in January 2010; it was also the group’s second number one single. “American Honey”, the second single from Need You Now, was released in January 2010, and became their 4th Top 10 single, as well as their third No. 1 hit. “Our Kind of Love”, the album’s third single, was released in May 2010, and became their fourth consecutive Number One on the Hot Country Songs chart. Their third album Own the Night was released in September 2011.

Lady Antebellum 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. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 51st Grammy Awards; and two more at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Of these nominations, they took home the award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for “I Run to You”. More recently on April 18, 2010, the group was awarded Top Vocal Group, Song of the Year (“Need You Now”), and Single of the Year (“Need You Now”) at the 44th ACM Awards. The group won five awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Need You Now”. Lady Antebellum was also awarded the “Best Country Album” award at the 54th Grammy Awards. By August 2013, the group has sold more than 12.5 million digital singles and 10 million albums in the United States.
Lady Antebellum was formed in 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, by Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott. Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis, and Charles Kelley is the brother of pop and country artist Josh Kelley.[6] Hillary Scott attended Donelson Christian Academy in Donelson, Tennessee. Kelley moved to Nashville in mid-2005 from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had been working construction with his brother John. Trying to become a successful solo country artist, Kelley convinced his old middle-school classmate, Haywood, to move to Nashville from Georgia in 2006 so they could write music together. Shortly thereafter, Scott recognized Kelley from MySpace, and they started to talk at a Nashville music club. Kelley invited Scott to join him and Haywood in the new group, which assumed the name  Lady Antebellum. On the BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Show August 9, 2010, the band explained to the host, Liza Tarbuck, that the name Antebellum comes from when the group were photographing “antebellum” homes. The antebellum architectural style describes the large plantation homes in the American South. The Latin word bellum means “war”; “antebellum” therefore means “before the war”. In America, Antebellum specifically commonly refers to the period before the Civil War. While photographing the houses one of the group said that there’s a great band name in there, and they adopted the Lady Antebellum name shortly after. The trio then began performing at local venues in Nashville before being signed in July 2007 to a recording contract with Capitol Records Nashville. In an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio, Scott claimed she was rejected from the hit show American Idol twice, not even making it past the first round.
2007–2009:
Lady Antebellum performs in concert in 2008, showing Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott.

Shortly after the trio signed to the label, adult contemporary artist Jim Brickman chose Lady Antebellum to sing on his 2007 single “Never Alone,” which reached No. 14 on the Billboard adult contemporary charts. In mid-2007, Lady Antebellum also wrote a song for the MTV reality television series The Hills.

 

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    Their solo debut single “Love Don’t Live Here” was released in September 2007, with a music video for the song following in December.This song was the lead-off single to the band’s self-titled debut album. Released on April 15, 2008, Lady Antebellum was produced by Paul Worley along with Victoria Shaw, a Nashville songwriter and former solo artist. “Love Don’t Live Here” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album itself was the first album by a new duo or group to debut at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.

    A second single, “Lookin’ for a Good Time”, was released in June 2008 and peaked at No. 11 in December. In addition, Lady Antebellum was signed as an opening act on Martina McBride’s Waking Up Laughing Tour in 2008. Lady Antebellum also contributed the song “I Was Here” to the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, a song which peaked at No. 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 based on downloads. In December 2008, their rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” peaked at No. 3 on the same chart. Their third official single, “I Run to You”, was released in January 2009. It eventually became the trio’s first Number One in July 2009.

    On October 7, 2009 their debut album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million copies in the United States.

    Haywood and Kelley co-wrote labelmate Luke Bryan’s 2009 single “Do I”, on which Scott also sings backing vocals. This song is the first single from Bryan’s second studio album “Doin’ My Thing”, which was released on October 6, 2009.
    2009–2011: Need You Now

    In August 2009, the group released their fourth single, “Need You Now”, the lead-off single and title track to their second studio album. It debuted at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became their second Number One hit on the charts for the week of November 28, 2009. The song also reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Adult Contemporary chart, making it a crossover hit. A second single, “American Honey”, was released to radio on January 11, 2010 and would become their third No. 1 hit. The third single from the album, “Our Kind of Love”, was released on May 31, 2010 and went No. 1 in September 2010. The song was notable for being written in collaboration with a non-Nashville songwriter in busbee, who at that point had previously written for Katy Perry, Timbaland and Katharine McPhee. Their fourth single from this album, “Hello World”, was officially released on October 4, 2010.

    The album was released on January 26, 2010 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts for the week of February 2, 2010, selling 480,922 copies. Four weeks after the album’s release, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. On April 28, 2010, they performed on the results show of American Idol, performing “Need You Now”. On September 20, 2010, they launched their first headlining tour, “Need You Now 2010” in Orlando, Florida. On October 28, 2010, they performed the National Anthem before Game 2 at the 2010 World Series. Lady Antebellum appeared on the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010.

    2011–2012: Own the Night and On This Winter’s Night.

    The week of January 9, 2011, the group ventured into the studio to begin recording for their third studio album. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Charles Kelley said, “We actually just went ahead and decided we’re gonna take two, two and a half months straight in the studio to create this thing and not have all this distraction. Hopefully that will be a good thing”.[18] He goes on to say that the group has around 50 songs which they plan to choose from along with songs from other songwriters. However, he singles out a song called “Dancing Away with my Heart” as one the band is particularly excited about, a song that the group co-wrote with Josh Kear, who previously wrote with the group on their hit “Need You Now.”

    On May 2, 2011, the group released the first single from their upcoming album, titled “Just a Kiss”. The group performed the single on stage on American Idol’s result show on May 5, 2011. On June 7, 2011, they announced the title of third album; called Own the Night, it was released on September 13, 2011.[19] The album cover and track listing was released on July 18, 2011.[20]

    Lady A released a “Lady Hazed” version of Jason Aldean’s song “Dirt Road Anthem” entitled “Country Club Anthem” on their installment of Webisode Wednesdays on August 10, 2011.[21] On October 1, 2011, the group performed as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live.[22]

    Lady Antebellum released their first Christmas album On This Winter’s Night on October 22, 2012.[23]
    2013–present: Golden

    On January 22, 2013, “Downtown,” the first single from a new album, was released to radio. It was made available on iTunes starting February 5, 2013 and reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in April 2013. The new album, Golden, was released on May 7, 2013.[24] The album’s second single, “Goodbye Town”, was released to country radio on May 13, 2013 and peaked at number 11 on the Country Airplay chart.

    They also sang backing vocals on Darius Rucker’s early 2013 single “Wagon Wheel”.[25]

    The third single from the Golden era, “Compass”, was released to iTunes October 1, 2013. It is one of the new recordings featured on the deluxe edition re-issue of Golden, which was released on November 12, 2013.
    Charity

    Since January 2012, Lady Antebellum has been partnered with the “myLifespeaks” charity, to raise awareness of and provide facilities for disabled orphans in Haiti.
    Awards and nominations
    Lady Antebellum in April 2010

    Since Lady Antebellum (country music singer) won the Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year award in 2008, they have accumulated seven more awards, including their first Grammy in 2010 for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals. At the 2009 CMA’s, the group ended Rascal Flatts’ six-year reign as Vocal Group of the Year. At the 2010 CMA’s, the group became the first artist in CMA Award history to receive the Single of the Year honor for two consecutive years.

    At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the trio won the Song of the Year, beating “Love The Way You Lie” performed by Eminem and Rihanna. They won Top Vocal Group at the 2012 ACM Awards April 1, 2012.
    Grammy Awards
    Year Nominated Work Award Result
    2009 Lady Antebellum Best New Artist Nominated
    “Love Don’t Live Here” Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
    2010 “I Run to You” Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
    Best Country Song Nominated
    2011 Need You Now Album of the Year Nominated
    Best Country Album Won
    “Need You Now” Record of the Year Won
    Song of the Year Won
    Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
    Best Country Song Won
    2012 Own the Night Best Country Album Won
    Other awards
    Year Awards Award Outcome
    2008 Academy of Country Music Top New Duo or Group[31] Won
    Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year[32] Won
    2009 CMT Music Awards Video of the Year — “Lookin’ for a Good Time” Nominated
    Group Video of the Year — “Lookin’ for a Good Time”[33] Nominated
    USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year — “Lookin’ for a Good Time”[34] Nominated
    Country Music Association Awards Single of the Year — “I Run to You”[35] Won
    Vocal Group of the Year[35] Won
    2010 Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Group of the Year[36] Won
    Album of the Year — Lady Antebellum[37] Nominated
    Single Record of the Year — Need You Now[36] Won
    Song of the Year — “Need You Now”[36] Won
    Video of the Year — “Need You Now”[37] Nominated
    CMT Music Awards Video of the Year — “Need You Now”[38] Nominated
    Group Video of the Year — “American Honey”[38] Nominated
    Group Video of the Year — “Need You Now”[38] Won
    CMT Performance of the Year — “Lookin’ for a Good Time”[38] Nominated
    Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Album Country — Need You Now[39] Nominated
    Choice Music: Country Song — “Need You Now”[39] Won
    Choice Music: Country Group — Lady Antebellum[39] Won
    Country Music Association Awards Entertainer of the Year[40] Nominated
    Vocal Group of the Year[41] Won
    Single of the Year — “Need You Now”[41] Won
    Album of the Year — Need You Now[40] Nominated
    Music Video of the Year — “Need You Now”[40] Nominated
    American Music Awards Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group[42] Won
    Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group[42] Nominated
    Favorite Country Album — Need You Now[42] Nominated
    Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist[42] Nominated
    T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist[42] Nominated
    American Country Awards Artist of the Year[43] Nominated
    Duo/Group of the Year[43] Won
    Album of the Year — Need You Now[43] Nominated
    Single of the Year — “Need You Now”[43] Won
    Single by a Duo/Group — “Need You Now”[43] Won
    Music Video of the Year — “Need You Now”[43] Nominated
    Video by Duo/Group — “Need You Now”[43] Won
    2011 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Country Artist[44] Nominated
    Kids Choice Awards Favorite Music Group Nominated
    Billboard Music Awards Fan Favorite Nominated
    Top Billboard 200 Artist[45] Nominated
    Top Duo/Group[45] Nominated
    Top Country Artist[45] Nominated
    Top Country Album — Need You Now[45] Nominated
    Top Billboard 200 Album — Need You Now[45] Nominated
    Top Streaming Song (Audio) — “Need You Now”[45] Nominated
    Top Country Song — “Need You Now”[45] Won
    CMT Music Awards Video of the Year — “Hello World”[46] Nominated
    Group Video of the Year — “Hello World”[46] Won
    Best Web Video of the Year — “Stars Tonight”[46] Nominated
    Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Group Won
    Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Group Won
    Album of the Year – “Need You Now” Won
    Country Music Association Awards Vocal Group of the Year Won
    American Music Awards Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group Won
    American Country Awards Artist of the Year Nominated
    Music Video by a Duo/Group/Collaboration — “Hello World” Nominated
    Duo/Group Artist of the Year Won
    2012 Peoples Choice Awards Favorite Album of the Year – Own the Night Nominated
    Favorite Country Artist Nominated
    BRIT Awards International Group[47] Nominated
    British Country Music Awards International Song of the Year – “We Owned The Night” Won
    Kids Choice Awards Favorite Music Group Nominated
    Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Group of The Year Won
    Album of The Year – Own the Night Nominated
    Song of The Year – “Just a Kiss” Nominated
    Music Video of The Year – “Just a Kiss” Nominated
    Billboard Music Awards Top Duo/Group Nominated
    Top Country Artist Won
    Top Country Album – Own the Night Nominated
    CMT Music Awards Video of the Year — “We Owned The Night” Nominated
    Group Video of the Year — “We Owned The Night” Won
    CMT Performance of the Year – “Dancin’ Away with my Heart” Nominated
    Teen Choice Awards Country Group Won
    Music Group Nominated
    Canadian Country Music Award Top Selling International Album – “Own The Night” Won
    CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year Nominated
    Album of the Year Nominated
    American Music Awards Favorite Band,Duo, or Group – Country Won
    American Country Awards Artist of the Year Nominated
    Duo/Group Artist of the Year Won
    Album of the Year Nominated
    Single by a Duo/Group – “We Owned the Night” Won
    Music Video by a Duo/Group/Collaboration – “Dancin’ Away with My Heart” Nominated
    Touring Artist of the Year Nominated
    CMA International Artist Achievement Award Won
    Billboard Touring Awards Breakthrough AwardWon
    2013 CMC Music Awards International Artist Nominated
    International Video – “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” Nominated
    Academy Of Country Music Awards Vocal Group Of The Year Nominated
    Jim Reeves International Award [50] Won
    CMT Music Awards Group Video of the Year – “Downtown” Won
    Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Group Won
    Country Music Association Awards Vocal Group Of The Year Nominated
    Video Of The Year – “Downtown” Nominated
    American Music Awards Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group Won
    American Country Awards Duo/Group Artist of the Year Won
    Single by a Duo/Group – “Downtown” Won
    Peoples Choice Awards Favorite Country Artist Pending

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