Had he lived, John Lennon would have celebrated his 72nd birthday today.

The former Beatle who penned the peace-loving classic Imagine, was shot dead in December 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where he shared a home with his wife Yoko Ono.

Today his widow is expected to present the LennonOno Grant for Peace Award to Lady Gaga.

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John Lennon (pictured with wife Yoko Ono) would have turned 72 today

Gaga is one of five set to receive the awards during a ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland, ruv.is reported.

The others to receive awards are Rachel Corrie, a peace activist who died in Gaza in 2003 trying to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes, author John Perkins, Christopher Hitchens and Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Ono's Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island, off Reykjavík will be lit on Tuesday and will remain aglow until December 8, the day Lennon died.

It is an outdoor work of art conceived by Ono and symbolises her and Lennon's continuing campaign for world peace.

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  • John Lennon at the Saville Theatre after receiving his MBE from the Queen, 1965.

  • JOHN LENNON OF 'THE BEATLES', REHEARSING IN LIVERPOOL, 1963.

  • OCTOBER 1963 PAUL MCCARTNEY AND JOHN LENNON SINGING TOGETHER DURING A RECORDING SESSION FOR THE BBC RADIO PROGRAMME "EASY BEAT"

  • Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, left, at an airport at an unknown location.

  • Beatle John Lennon waves his marriage certificate as his bride, Japanese artist Yoko Ono, stands at his side after their wedding at the Rock of Gibraltar. They are about to board a chartered jet to Paris where they will honeymoon.

  • Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, leave the U.S. Immigration hearing. Lennon was given 60 days to leave the country voluntarily or be deported as an undesirable alien at the hearings.

  • Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono are shown talking to newsmen outside the U.S. Immigration offices in New York on Wednesday in March, 1972. At the hearing on his deportation, the defense submitted a petition containing 16,000 signatures, including that of New York Mayor John Lindsay, on behalf of Lennon. (AP Photo)

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Lennon was given 60 days to leave the country voluntarily or be deported as an undesirable alien at the hearings. Lennon is being deported as part of the U.S. President Nixon's effort to silence him as a critic of U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam. To this end the FBI has assembled approximately 300 pages of files on Lennon from 1971-72.

  • Former Beatle John Lennon performs at New York's Madison Square Garden.

  • Beatles John Lennon continues to play the guitar as he evades a young fan who wants Lennon's yachting-style cap as a souvenir during the Beatles concert in Rome, Italy, June 28, 1965.

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  • Beatle John Lennon, right, and Yoko Ono are shown circa 1969 at an unknown location. (AP Photo)

  • A t-shirt owned by John Lennon stands on display, 2005.

  • The title of John Lennon's anti-war anthem "Give Peace a Chance" on a placard outside St George's City Hall in Liverpool when thousands gathered to pay tribute to the former Beatle, 1980.

  • Emotional youngsters outside St George's City Hall when thousands gathered in Liverpool to pay tribute to one of the city's most famous sons, pop superstar John Lennon. Chaos broke out at the concert to commemorate the former Beatle who was shot dead in New York, USA.

  • The scene when Liverpool paid tribute to one of its most famous sons, pop superstar John Lennon. Thousands gathered outside St George's City Hall for a concert to commemorate the former Beatle, who was shot dead in New York last week. More than a 100 younsters - mainly girls - were given first aid when chaos broke out.

  • Ringo Starr (left) and John Lennon nip smartly into London's Marylebone Station, just in front of a horde of fans closing in on them rapidly.

  • John Lennon's original orange-tinted spectacles on show at the Beatles Story Museum at The Albert Dock in Liverpool. The glasses, which he wore between 1970 and 1973 became his trademark image are valued at more than 1 million. He wore the spectaclewhen he wrote his hit Imagine. 18/07/02 : John Lennon's original orange-tinted spectacles at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, which go on show to the public. The orange-tinted spectacles, valued at more than 1m, were worn by the musician between 1970 and 1973 and became part of his trademark image.

  • The childhood home of John Lennon in Liverpool, which has been bought by Yoko Ono, his widow, and donated to the National Trust.

  • (L-R) John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles walk towards their plane at London Airport to return to Paris after a 24 hour visit home.

  • George Harrison and John Lennon from the Beatles pictured to looking at some of the hundreds of fans who turned up to see them leave London Airport for their trip to America.

  • Julian Lennon (front) with his father John Lennon (right) of the Beatles, Japanese actress Yoko Ono (left) and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones (back) at a rehearsp of the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus at the Intertel Studio, Wembley, London.

  • (Front row left to right) Japanese actress Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon and his father John Lennon (of the Beatles) at the rehearsal of the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, at the Intertel Studios, Wembley, London. John will be one of the guest stars, which will also feature Sir Robert Fossetts Circus. Also shown (back row) are Pete Townshend (left) and Keith Moon (2nd right) from The Who, Bill Wyman (2nd left), Charlie Watts (centre) and Brian Jones (right) of the Rolling Stones.

  • Musician and artist Yoko Ono, widow of Beatles singer John Lennon, holds aloft a picture of her late husband, when he was a youngster in Liverpool.

  • Yoko Ono, widow of singer John Lennon from the Beatles, visiting Liverpool Airport, which is to be named after her late husband when its new terminal opens to the public in Spring 2002. * The new logo for the airport includes the famous self-portrait by John Lennon and the strapline 'Above Us Only Sky' taken from the lyrics of Imagine. A full-sized statue has been commissioned by local sculptor Tom Murphy and will be displayed in the airport's new terminal.

  • John Lennon, holds Kyoko Cox, the 6 year old daughter of his Japanese wife, Yoko Ono, on the child's arrival at Heathrow airport, where she had flown in from New York.

  • John Lennon - Heathrow Airport - London - 1971.

  • John Lennon with wife Cynthia Lennon at Heathrow Airport in London on arrival from Spain

  • John Lennon with wife Cynthia Lennon at Heathrow Airport in London

  • MARCH 20TH : On this day in 1969 Beatle John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. They followed this with a honeymoon "bed-in" for peace in the presidential suite of the Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam, where their message was " Make love not war". John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono arrive at Heathrow Airport in London from New York for tommorow's publication of Yoko's paperback book "Grapefruit" by Sphere Books

  • 10/12/69 :IN FRONT OF A POSTER THAT READS "BRITAIN MURDERED HANRATTY", JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO TALK WITH MR. AND MRS. JAMES HANRATTY, PARENTS OF THE DEAD MAN, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN LONDON TO DISCUSS THE FILM IT IS PLANNED TO MAKE CONCERNING THE A6 MURDER CASE. JAMES HANRATTY WAS EXECUTED AT BEDFORD PRISON ON APRIL 4TH 1962 AFTER HE HAD BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF PHYSICIST MICHAEL BREGSTEN ON THE LONELY A6 ROAD NEAR BEDFORD

  • JOHN LENNON LEADS IN THE FOREGROUND AS "THE BEATLES" WALK OUT OF THE LONDON AIRPORT LEAVING THE QUEEN'S BUILDING (BACKGROUND) ON THEIR RETURN FROM FILM-MAKING IN THE BAHAMAS, 1965.

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  • Music - The Beatles - London Airport

    The Beatles arrive at London Airport: (l-r) Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

  • Music - Royal Variety Command Performance - Rehearsals - Prince of Wales Theatre

    The Beatles jump to it on stage, left to right, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

  • Music - Beatles - Silver Discs - 1963

    The Beatles, pictured at EMI House Manchester Square, London, with a hoard of silver discs. They were presented with two silver LPs to mark the quarter-million plus sales of their first LP "Please Please Me" and their new one "With the Beatles" as well as for their "Twist & Shout" EP and "She Loves You". Left to right: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

  • Music - Variety Club Luncheon - Savoy Hotel - 1963

    Susan Maughan gets a lift from Billy J Kramer (l) and the Beatles (l-r: John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.) All three acts were recipients of awards presented to them by Melody Maker magazine following a national poll - the Beatles scooped the 'Top Vocal Group' gong while Kramer was voted '1964 Hope' and Maughan received the 'Top Female Singer' award

  • The Beatles - London Airport

    The Beatles, wearing cape-type coats, on the steps of the plane on arrival at London Airport from their Australian tour. At a Press Conference at the airport Lennon denied a rumour that he was leaving the group.

  • Music - Beatlemania - 1963

    15 year old Michael Lowbey, of Sidcup, Kent, gives his own impromptu concert outside the Odean, Lewisham, where thousands of teenagers wait for the box office to open so they can buy tickets to the forthcoming Beatles concert.

  • Transport - John Lennon's Psychedelic Rolls Royce - 1967

    Joseph's coat of many colours was all right for biblical times, but in these stringent times, only a Rolls Royce will do for the allegorical value. Where Rolls Royce - who have consistently turned out the most endearing vehicles - it may seem pretty much of a fruit to see one of their products painted up as a sort of Regency on wheels, but when you are John Lennon of the Beatles, you can afford just about anything. John, the hoarse-voiced member of the quartet with all the experience of the flattened third decided to have his Rolls painted in a wild pattern of flowers and whirling lines on a yellow gold base. The ornamental vehicle is seen in a Surrey yard.

  • Music - Royal Variety Command Performance - Rehearsals - Prince of Wales Theatre

    The Beatles jump on stage, left to right, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison.

  • Film - A Hard Day's Night Premiere

    The Beatles, (from left to right) Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison at the premiere of their film A Hard Day's Night

  • John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

    FILE - In this undated file photograph British pop band The Beatles, John Lennon (left) Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison (right) pose for a photograph. Apple Inc. said Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, its iTunes service will sell music from the Fab Four. The Beatles have so far been the most prominent holdout from iTunes and other online music services. (AP Photo/file)

  • Princess Margaret meets the Beatles

    The Beatles, left to right, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and their manager Brian Epstein meet Princes Margaret at the premier of their film Help at the London Pavilion, July 1965.

  • George Harrison

    This February 11, 1964 photo provided by Christie's auction house, from a collection of photos of The Beatles shot by photographer Mike Mitchell at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C., shows George Harrison during the group's first US concert, two days after their Ed Sullivan appearance. The concert photos, taken when the photographer was just 18 years old, will be auctioned by Christie's in their sale "The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell," in New York on July 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Christie's, Mike Mitchell)

  • Music - The Beatles - Around the Beatles Television Show

    The Beatles - left to right Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Paul McCartney at Rediffusion's Wembley Studio rehearsing for 'Around the Beatles', the first British television show built around the group.

  • The Beatles Royal Variety 1963

    The Beatles during rehearsals for the 1963 Royal Variety Performance, at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. L-R: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. * 12/11/2000: The band will unleash an album widely expected to become one of the biggest sellers of all time. With 80 minutes of music on it, the album, entitled 1, is the first collection of greatest hits they have released and comes three decades after the band split. * 10/11/2001: Music fans were celebrating the 40th anniversary of Beatlemania with a night of Merseybeat sounds. Sam Leach, the promoter who organised Beatles gigs at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, claims the concerts were the band's first experience of the mass hysteria which came to mark their every public appearance. The first Tower Ballroom gig, which took place on November 10, 1961, attracted a crowd of 4,100 - one of the largest ever audiences for a British Beatles concert.

  • GEORGE HARRISON : 1963

    PA NEWS PHOTO 7/12/63 GEORGE HARRISON OF "THE BEATLES" DURING REHEARSALS IN LIVERPOOL. * 30/11/01 It has been announced that, George Harrison, the Beatles' quiet lead guitarist and spiritual explorer has died, a longtime family friend told The Associated Press. Harrison, who wrote While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes the Sun, was 58.

  • Beatles top all time singles chart

    Embargoed to 0001 Monday June 4. File photo dated 25/06/1967 of (left to right) George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney (front) and John Lennon as the Beatles have held off artist such as Elvis Presley and Madonna to be declared the biggest selling singles act since charts began 60 years ago.

  • Beatles top all time singles chart

    NOTE BLACK AND WHITE ONLY File photo dated 03/05/1965 of (left to right) John Lennon, Ringo Star, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as the Beatles have held off artist such as Elvis Presley and Madonna to be declared the biggest selling singles act since charts began 60 years ago.

  • George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

    Wax figures representing The Beatles, from left, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon are unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York, Thursday June 14, 2012, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • THE BEATLES

    FILE - In this Feb. 7, 1964 file photo, the Beatles arrive in New York for their first U.S. appearances. From left are: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. McCartney turned 70 Monday June 18, 2012. (AP Photo/File)

  • George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

    A wax figure representing The Beatles' John Lennon is unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York, Thursday June 14, 2012, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

    School children pose with wax figures representing The Beatles, from left, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon are unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York, Thursday June 14, 2012, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 1964 file photo, the Beatles' Paul McCartney is shown on the set of the Ed Sullivan Show. McCartney turned 70 Monday June 18, 2012. McCartney turned 70 Monday June 18, 2012. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964. file photo Paul McCartney, right, shows his bass guitar to Ed Sullivan before the Beatles' live television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York along with John Lennon, center, and Ringo Starr, behind McCartney, and Beatles manage Brian Epstein, behind Sullivan. McCartney turned 70 Monday June 18, 2012. (AP Photo)

  • FILE In this file photo of June 18, 1968 Victor Spinetti talks with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in London. Victor Spinetti, a comic actor who appeared in three Beatles movies and won a Tony on Broadway, has died, his agent said Tuesday June 19, 2012. He was 82. Spinetti died Tuesday morning June 19, 2012 after suffering from cancer for several years, said Barry Burnett, the actor's close friend and agent. Spinetti won a Tony award in 1965 for his Broadway performance in "Oh, What a Lovely War," but became most well-known for his appearances in the Beatles movies "A Hard Day's Night," ''Help," and "Magical Mystery Tour." (AP Photo/ PA Wire)

  • BEATLES STARR HARRISON MCCARTNEY LENNON

    FILE - The Beatles perform at the "Ed Sullivan Show," in New York in this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo. Universal Music Group can buy the famed British music company EMI, including the hugely lucrative Beatles catalogue, the European Union's competition regulator said Friday Sept 21 2012, but must jettison some of the famed label’s other big acts, including Coldplay and Pink Floyd. (AP Photo)

  • Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. Ringo Starr

    FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo, The Beatles perform on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. Ringo Starr plays drums, rear, and playing guitars from left are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. An estimated 73 million Americans tuned in, the largest ever for a TV show at the time, or three times the amount of people who watched the latest "American Idol" finale, according to the Nielsen Co. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi/ file)

  • FILE - In this June 30, 1966 file photo, the Beatles perform at Budokan Hall in Tokyo for the first time. From left: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. McCartney turned 70 years of age Monday June 18, 2012. (AP Photo/File)

  • BEATLES STARR HARRISON MCCARTNEY LENNON

    FILE - The Beatles perform at the "Ed Sullivan Show," in New York in this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo. Universal Music Group can buy the famed British music company EMI, including the hugely lucrative Beatles catalogue, the European Union's competition regulator said Friday Sept 21 2012, but must jettison some of the famed label’s other big acts, including Coldplay and Pink Floyd. (AP Photo)

  • The Beatles Play

    1963: Pop group The Beatles take a bow on stage after performing in the Royal Command Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

  • Beatles On Stage

    The Beatles on stage at the London Palladium during a performance in front of 2, 000 screaming fans. (Photo by Michael Webb/Getty Images)

  • Beatles In Paris

    18th January 1964: The British pop band The Beatles, left to right, John Lennon (1940 - 1980), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison (1943 - 2001), after their Paris show, with their co-star the French singer Sylvie Vartan. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • Beatles On US TV

    The Beatles, performing on the Ed Sullivan Show, New York City, 9th February 1964. Left to right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Ringo Starr. (Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • Snowball Beatles

    13th February 1964: The Beatles soon after their arrival in Washington, USA, playing in the snow outside the Coliseum where they were scheduled to perform before a sell-out audience. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

  • 19th March 1964 A picture of British pop group the Beatles when they met the British Prime Minister Mr Harold Wilson when he presented them all with silver heart awards which were for show business personalities. (Left to right) John Lennon, Harold Wilso

    19th March 1964, A picture of British pop group the Beatles when they met the British Prime Minister Mr Harold Wilson when he presented them all with silver heart awards which were for show business personalities, (Left to right) John Lennon, Harold Wilson, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (Photo by Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • Ringo On Drums

    Ringo Starr at the drums during a rehearsal for the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, New York City, 8th February 1964. (Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • Happy Beatles

    25th November 1963: Liverpudlian beat combo The Beatles, from left to right Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon (1940 - 1980), and George Harrison (1943 - 2001), performing in front of a camera-shaped drum kit on Granada TV's Late Scene Extra television show filmed in Manchester, England on November 25, 1963. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Leaping Beatles

    The Beatles rehearse for that night's Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre, 4th November 1963. The Queen Mother will attend. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • The Beatles

    The Beatles in performance at a night spot, April 1963. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • George Harrison

    3rd December 1963: Guitarist and singer George Harrison (1943 - 2001) of the popular Merseybeat group The Beatles, performing during a live concert. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

  • BT England, Circa 1963, British pop group "The Beatles" are pictured performing together, L-R: Ringo Starr (drums), George Harrison (guitar), Paul McCartney (bass guitar) and John Lennon (guitar)

    England, Circa 1963, British pop group 'The Beatles' are pictured performing together, L-R: Ringo Starr (drums), George Harrison (guitar), Paul McCartney (bass guitar) and John Lennon (guitar) (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Paul And Ringo

    1963: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of The Beatles performing during an early television performance on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' on February 17th 1963. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Singing Beatles

    3rd December 1963: Top British pop group The Beatles in performance, from left to right; Ringo Starr, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Paul McCartney and John Lennon (1940 - 1980). (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

  • Volume 2, Page 85, Picture 6. The Beatles, America, February 1964. The Beatles perform on the "Ed Sullivan show".

    Volume 2, Page 85, Picture 6, The Beatles, America, February 1964, The Beatles perform on the 'Ed Sullivan show' (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • The Beatles 1964 US Tour. American music fans are gripped by Beatlemania as the band perform on stage at Carnegie Hall, New York during their tour of America.

    The Beatles 1964 US Tour, American music fans are gripped by Beatlemania as the band perform on stage at Carnegie Hall, New York during their tour of America (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • Beatles Play

    Bassist Paul McCartney and guitarist George Harrison (1943 - 2001) sing at a microphone as the Beatles perform at the London Palladium. Drummer Ringo Starr plays from a riser in the background. London, England, January 1964. (Photo by Leslie Lee/Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

  • Beatles In Costume

    The Beatles dress up for the Beatles Christmas Show, at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London, New Years Eve, 31st December 1963. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Juke Box Beatles

    11th December 1963: The Beatles pictured during their appearance on the music panel show, Juke Box Jury; pictured left to right are: John Lennon (1940 -1980), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison (1943 - 2001). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • The Beatles In Concert

    British pop group the Beatles perform on stage, 1964. (L-R) Paul McCartney, John Lennon (1940 - 1980), and George Harrsion (1943 - 2001). Drummer Ringo Starr is hidden behind them. (Photo by Ralph Morse/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

  • The Beatles

    Pop group The Beatles, left to right Ringo Starr on drums, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon on electric guitars, performing in a large dance hall during a Royal Variety performance in London, England on December 3, 1963. (Photo by Daily Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

  • Beatles Concert

    The Beatles in concert at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, 3rd December 1963. (Photo by Les Lee/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • The Beatles In Concert

    British pop group the Beatles perform on stage, 1964. (L-R) Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (behind drum kit), George Harrsion (1943 - 2001), and John Lennon (1940 - 1980). (Photo by Ralph Morse/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)