Keith Urban performs John Lennon’s Imagine at the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

Keith Urban gets approval from Yoko Ono as he performs John Lennon’s iconic tune Imagine at the Olympics opening ceremony

People around the world stopped in their tracks to watch the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

And sports fans were treated to a stunning rendition of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s song Imagine towards the end of the ceremony.

For the pre-recorded event, Australian singer Keith Urban was joined by fellow performers from around the world, including John Legend, Angélique Kidjo, Alejandro Sanz and the Suginami Junior Chorus.

Conical Tune: On Friday, sports fans were treated to a stunning rendition of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s song Imagine towards the end of the ceremony. Australian singer Keith Urban (pictured) performed the tune along with other international acts

Just before the broadcast, artist Yoko Ono, 88, tweeted about it and added the hashtag #olympics.

‘Imagine. John and I were both artists and we lived together, so we inspired each other,” she said of the tune she wrote with her late husband, who was murdered in 1980 at the age of 40.

“The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time. John and I met – he’s from the West and I’m from the East – and we’re still together,” added the Tokyo-born artist.

Yoko Ono's Commentary: Just before the performance aired, artist Yoko Ono, 88, tweeted about it

Yoko Ono’s Commentary: Just before the performance aired, artist Yoko Ono, 88, tweeted about it

Moving: '"INTRODUCE.  John and I were both artists and we lived together, so we inspired each other,

Moving: “Just imagine. John and I were both artists and we lived together, so we inspired each other,” she said of the tune she wrote with her late husband, who was murdered in 1980 at the age of 40. Together in the picture in 1968

Before the footage was played to a global audience, Keith, 53, shared a behind-the-scenes look between filming duties.

“It feels like it’s always been there. It’s a spiritual classic, it’s more of a hymn than a song,” he said.

Keith also sang “You may say I’m a dreamer” – which he said caught his eye.

The crooner then admitted that “the real definition of optimism and hope is right in that line.”

Behind the scenes look: Before the footage was played to a global audience, Keith, 53, shared a behind-the-scenes look between filming duties

Behind the scenes look: Before the footage was played to a global audience, Keith, 53, shared a behind-the-scenes look between filming duties

Celebrity Power: For the pre-recorded event, Australian singer Keith Urban was joined by fellow performers from around the world, including John Legend (pictured), Angélique Kidjo, Alejandro Sanz and the Suginami Junior Chorus

Celebrity Power: For the pre-recorded event, Australian singer Keith Urban was joined by fellow performers from around the world, including John Legend (pictured), Angélique Kidjo, Alejandro Sanz and the Suginami Junior Chorus

“Even if you don’t speak English and don’t know what is being said, you can feel the magic and feel the song,” he added.

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics was gloomy at times – including a moment of silence for Covid victims – and was held on a much smaller scale than previous years, but still had some showstoppers, including the formation of a giant floating globe. from drones hovering over the stadium.

There were only 950 guests in the 68,000 capacity arena due to virus restrictions with US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron along with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Fireworks go off during Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

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