Kelly Clarkson Shows Major Support After the Dixie Chicks Changed Their Name to "The Chicks"

Kayla Keegan

From Country Living

  • Kelly Clarkson recently covered The Chicks' hit 1999 song "Cowboy Take Me Away" on her talk show.

  • The talk show host posted a "shoutout" message on Twitter shortly after The Chicks dropped "Dixie" from the band name.

  • The Chicks decided to change the band name to "meet this moment" in history, as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country.

On Friday, Kelly Clarkson posted a special musical shoutout to the newly named band The Chicks (formerly known as The Dixie Chicks).

As Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire announced earlier this week, the country trio decided to change its name, expressing their desire to "meet this moment" in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. The word "Dixie" is commonly used to talk about the states south of the Mason-Dixon line, and the song "Dixie" was the Confederacy's unofficial national anthem.

Though The Voice coach did not specifically address the name change, Kelly posted a "Kellyoke" clip from her talk show, which shows herself covering the 1999 Chicks' classic "Cowboy Take Me Away."

Kelly's tweet read: "Shoutout to @thechicks #kellyoke."

Right away, Kelly's fans expressed their support of the cover. "It sounds good to me!" one fan tweeted. "Holy crap! YES!!!! This was awesome!" another said. A different fan simply wrote, "Beautiful!"

The Chicks changed their band name after Lady Antebellum, now known as Lady A, decided to drop "Antebellum" from their title, due to the word's ties to a time in American history when Black people were enslaved by white people.

But The Chicks aren't stopping at changing their name. Their new single "March March" makes a powerful statement about all the people across generations who have fought for racial justice and equality in our country.

The new anthem will be part of the band's upcoming album, Gaslighter, which will be released on July 17. It'll be the band's first album under their new name.

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