Arranged by composer Hans Zimmer, the 2021 version of “Imagine” was performed by the aforementioned artists along with Alejandro Sanz and the Suginami Junior Chorus.
On Twitter, Ono expressed her support for the performance by writing, “John and I were both artists and we were living together, so we inspired each other. The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time. John and I met — he comes from the West and I come from the East — and still we are together.”
As the International Olympic Committee noted in a statement, Lennon himself saw a connection between the song and the Olympics, saying in an interview just prior to his assassination, “We’re not the first to say ‘Imagine No Countries’ or ‘Give Peace a Chance’, but we’re carrying that torch, like the Olympic torch, passing it hand to hand, to each other, to each country, to each generation. And that’s our job.”