It only took 48 years, but Yoko Ono is finally getting the credit she deserves – a songwriting title on John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
The decision to add Yoko to the song credit was announced by the National Music Publisher’s Association Wednesday. The Association cited a 1980’s interview with Lennon in which he credits his wife Yoko’s poetry book Grapefruit with the concept and lyric for the iconic song.
The announcement comes on the heels of the Association awarding “Imagine” with the Centennial Award, recognizing the composition as the song of the century.
Yoko is 84-years old now and has been recently ill, but it did not stop her from attending the ceremony. She took to the stage with her and John’s son, Sean Lennon, to accept the award, saying “This is the best time of my life.”
Sean Lennon, took to Instagram later in the evening to share his joy at both the award and the credit, calling it the “proudest day of my life.”
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 @michiganmanhattan Imagine! Patience is a virtue! ✌️❤✌️❤✌️❤✌️ (PS they officially declared Imagine to be a Lennon/Ono song and gave my mother a second award! 🙏)