Yoko Ono to Receive Songwriting Credit with John Lennon on "Imagine"

June 15, 2017
Yoko Ono attends the unveiling of the John Lennon Amnesty International tapestry at a ceremony near the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at the Ellis Island Nation Museum of Immigration in New York, NY, on July 29, 2015, on the 40th Anniversary of John Le

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In a surprise announcement made at the National Music Publishers Association’s annual meeting, Yoko Ono was named a co-songwriter on (what was formerly known as) John Lennon’s iconic “Imagine,” reports the BBC. 

Ono attended the meeting with her son, Sean Ono Lennon, to receive an award—the song of the century—for “Imagine,” but little did she know that the award was accompanied by the incredible announcement. Best day ever? Maybe, according to Lennon, who told Billboard it could have been the happiest day of his and Ono’s lives.

According to the BBC, a clip of John Lennon speaking was shared along with the announcement. In the clip, Lennon revealed that Ono had a lot to do with the lyrics and general idea of the song, as evidenced by all the “imagine ___” references in her book, Grapefruit. He then went on to admit that his selfishness kept the song credited to his name only, but the song deserved the Lennon-Ono credit.