Music Publishers Group Gives Yoko Ono Co-Writing Credit on John Lennon’s “Imagine”
John Lennon’s “Imagine” was awarded the National Music Publishers Association Centennial Song Award Wednesday and Yoko Ono was given a long overdue credit as co-writer of the iconic song.
The ceremony took place in New York during the NMPA’s Centennial Annual Meeting and was attended by Ono and her son Sean Lennon.
“When they officially acknowledged — through my father’s account — that my mother co-wrote ‘Imagine,’ the ‘Song of the Century,’ it may have been the happiest day of mine and mother’s life,” a jubilant Lennon told Billboard in a text sent through Yoko Ono’s music manager.
The award, initially to honor just the song, turned into a delightful surprise for the 84-year-old Ono when NMPA president and CEO David Israelite told the gathering, “While things may…