Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Jann Wenner and Icelandic politician Jón Gnarr are among the winners
Yoko Ono has announced the four recipients of this year’s biennial Lennon Ono Grant For Peace.
The award, which has been presented every two years since 2002, is traditionally awarded to people who Ono feels embody “the work that John and [she] tried to do together”.
This year’s recipients are Jan Wenner, co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine; Jeremy Gilley, founder of the non-profit organisation Peace One Day; Art Production Fund (represented by Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal) and former Mayor of Reykjavik Jón Gnarr.
Speaking about the choice of recipients, Ono said: “In the ’60s and ’70s, Jann made rock’n’roll a household name, singlehandedly promoting it within the press. Jeremy Gilley, with Peace One Day, made it easy for all people to join the Peace movement.
“Art Production Fund is an ambitious public arts project created by Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal, while Jon Gnarr showed the world that governmental politics are for the people and by the people.
“I am very happy to honour each of these four recipients this year with the award that, for me, symbolises much of the work that John Lennon and I tried to do together and which I now continue to do.”
The awards will be presented in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 9 – Lennon’s birthday. In conjunction with the ceremony, Ono will light up the Imagine Peace Tower on the island of Videy. The tower will stay illuminated until December 8, the date of Lennon’s death.
Last year, Yoko Ono was made an honorary citizen of Reykjavik for her “outstanding work in pointing the light of peace” to the city. “Yoko’s contribution to peace and human rights issues in the world is unique,” said Gnarr at the time.