Yoko Ono Lennon (Japan, 1933) is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist. Her work also encompasses performance art, which she performs in both English and Japanese, and filmmaking. She was involved in New York City’s downtown artists scene, which included the Fluxus group. Ono was a pioneer of conceptual art and performance art. A seminal performance work is Cut Piece, first performed in 1964 at the Yamaichi Concert Hall in Kyoto, Japan.

Ono and Lennon used their honeymoon at the Hilton Amsterdam as a stage for public protests against the Vietnam War with their performance Bed-Ins for Peace in Amsterdam and Montreal in 1969. She achieved commercial and critical acclaim in 1980 with the chart-topping album Double Fantasy, a collaboration with Lennon that was released three weeks before his murder, winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

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