As reported by "Variety", Yoko Ono will receive a songwriting credit on John Lennon’s 1971 classic “Imagine”.
The announcement was made during the annual meeting of the National Music Publishers Association: NMPA CEO David Israelite explained that the artist deserved songwriting credit on “Imagine” because of “her influence and inspiration“ on the song. Israelite then said that Ono would be added to the song as co-writer in accordance with Lennon’s wishes.
While Yoko has not yet been officially credited, Israelite confirmed to "Variety" that the process is “under way”. During the evening, Yoko and Sean Ono Lennon accepted the NMPA’s new Centennial Song award for “Imagine” of behalf of John. Former recipients of Centennial awards include Billy Joel, Joan Baez, and Stevie Wonder.
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