Patti Smith has been named this year’s John Lennon Real Love Award honouree

Patti Smith has been named as the honouree of the fourth John Lennon Real Love Award, and is set to receive at the Theatre Within’s 37th Annual John Lennon Tribute in New York later this year.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith has been named as the fourth John Lennon Real Love Award honouree, and will receive the award at the 37th annual John Lennon tribute in New York.

“Patti Smith is one of the truly great and important artists of her generation,” said Yoko Ono. “Patti’s music, writing and social activism have inspired millions to care about the world more deeply and love more fully.”

At the tribute show, Smith will perform some of her favourite John Lennon and Beatles tunes, while an array of artists will also team up to cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in full  to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary this year.

Patti Smith will be the fourth person to receive the John Lennon Real Love Award following folk legend Donovan last year, and author Eve Ensler and famed rock photographer Bob Gruen before that.

She has also previously performed at the Theatre Within’s John Lennon Tribute before back in 2010. Watch her beautiful performance of Lennon’s Oh Yoko! below. And while you’re here, check out Patti tearing through a rendition of her song People Have The Power on Jimmy Fallon from the other week.

[via Rolling Stone].