Yoko Ono To Receive Songwriting Credit For John Lennon's 'Imagine'
15 June 2017, 10:22
Yoko Ono will finally be given co-writing credit 48 years after the song's release.
Yoko Ono is to finally receive a song writing credit on John Lennon's 'Imagine' 48 years after its release in 1971.
The iconic song was awarded the National Music Publishers Association Centennial Song Award at a ceremony in New York on Wednesday, where it was revealed that the 84-year-old widow would be added to the list of contributors.
A video message from 1981 from John was aired at the bash, in which he said Yoko was deserving of a co-writing credit because of the "influence and inspiration" she provided for the lyrical content.
Sean Lennon, 41, who attended the event with his mother, later took to Instagram to declare it the "proudest day of his life".
He said his mother was overcome with emotion and burst into tears of joy.
Proudest day of my life: The National Music Publishers Association just gave the centennial (song of the century) award to Imagine, but WAIT! Surprise! They played an audio interview of my father saying (approximately) 'Imagine should've been credited as a Lennon/Ono song, if it had been anyone other than my wife I would've given them credit.' Cut to: my mother welling up in tears, and then Patti and Jesse Smith played Imagine! Patience is a virtue! (PS they officially declared Imagine to be a Lennon/Ono song and gave my mother a second award!)