Graham Nash to Receive 2023 John Lennon Real Love Award

Legendary musician Graham Nash, known for his iconic journey through the British invasion with the Hollies, his involvement in the legendary Laurel Canyon scene with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and his enduring solo career, is set to be honored with the prestigious 2023 “John Lennon Real Love Award.”

The honor will be presented at the 43rd Annual John Lennon Tribute hosted by Theatre Within, a non-profit organization that has been curating the Annual John Lennon Tribute since 1981. This much-anticipated event will take place on Saturday, December 2, at The Town Hall in New York City.

In recognition of this esteemed award, Graham Nash, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, will not only graciously accept this accolade but also share his musical talents with the audience. He will perform renditions of his favorite John Lennon and Beatles classics, promising an enchanting night for all in attendance. Joining him will be a lineup of renowned artists who will also grace the stage.

Among the featured performers, Judy Collins, the folk legend, will make her first Tribute appearance in over a decade. Rosanne Cash, a seasoned performer, returns for the third time, having previously received the John Lennon Real Love Award in 2018. Bettye LaVette, the beloved soul queen and fan favorite, will make her sixth Tribute performance. Rich Pagano, a founding member of the Fab Faux, will serve as the Music Director for the 15th consecutive year, ensuring a stellar musical experience.

Graham Nash expressed his gratitude for this recognition, stating,

This is a very special award. I thank Yoko and the Theatre Within for thinking of me. Over many years, I watched John and Yoko ‘fight the good fight’ for many whose voices were not being heard, a fight that Yoko continues to this day. I’m proud to be associated with the many fine artists who were previously honored with the John Lennon Real Love Award.

Theatre Within, known for its joyful Annual John Lennon Tribute and John Lennon Real Love Project, is actively advancing the vision that John Lennon and Yoko Ono shared for a better world. This event’s proceeds will support Theatre Within’s free workshops in creative expression and mindfulness. These workshops encompass the John Lennon Real Love Project’s songwriting program, benefiting the cancer community, elementary and middle schools, and youth in crisis.

The John Lennon Real Love Project’s educational initiative, presented to elementary and middle schools, continues to expand its reach. The program introduces students to John Lennon’s life, music, and his values of peace, love, and equality. Students then craft new lyrics for “Real Love” and record their rendition with John Lennon’s original vocal and piano track. ABC News recently featured the 2023 project.

Tickets for Theatre Within’s 43rd Annual John Lennon Tribute are available for purchase at

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