Lennon took the sole songwriter credit on this track, but later said that his wife, Yoko Ono, should have been credited as well, as he got the initial idea from her book Grapefruit
, which is a book of instructions with things like "Imagine the sky crying..." or "Imagine you're a cloud."
"I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution," he told the BBC. "If it had been Bowie, I would have put Lennon-Bowie... I just put 'Lennon' because she's just the wife and you don't put her name on, right?"
On June 14, 2017, the National Music Publishers' Association announced that Yoko would finally be added as a songwriter for "Imagine." This took place at a ceremony where Yoko was given the Centennial (song of the century) award for her contribution, which was followed by a Patti Smith performance of the song.