The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, the Dixie Chicks, Emily Robison, left, Natalie Maines, center, and Martie Maguire arrive for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning country group have dropped the word dixie from their name and are now going by The Chicks. The move follows a decision by country group Lady Antebellum to change to Lady A after acknowledging the word's association to slavery. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Grammy-winning country group The Dixie Chicks have taken the word Dixie from their name, now at The Chicks.

What you need to know

  • Band’s social media accounts have changed
  • The new name was already from the New Zealand band
  • Both bands will share the name

The band’s social media accounts and website were changed on Thursday to refer to the new name for the band, which includes Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer. The band also recognized that the name was already in use by a band in New Zealand.

“A sincere and heartfelt thank you to ‘The Chicks’ from NZ for their gracious gesture in letting us share their name. We are honored to co-exist in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters, ”the band said in a statement.

The move follows a decision by Lady Antebellum, a country group, to switch to Lady A after she recognized the association of the word with slavery. A statement on The Chicks website said, “We want to meet this moment.” The term Dixie refers to states in the southern US, especially those belonging to the Confederacy.

The Chicks, who will release their first new album in 14 years next month, have also released a new video for their new song, “March March”, featuring videos and images from the recent Black Lives Matter gatherings.

Lady A was criticized for their name change after a black singer revealed that she had been acting as Lady A for years.

The Chicks are the top-selling female group in America with over 33 million albums sold in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Originally formed in Texas as a bluegrass group, the band gained commercial fame with their groundbreaking album “Wide Open Spaces”. The band has won 13 Grammys.

The band was shunned by national radio during an incident in 2003 when lead singer Maines criticized then President George W. Bush for the Iraq War. They responded to the backlash with their song “Not Ready to Make Nice” and won the Grammys in 2007, winning three of the best all-genre categories.