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Imagine this: Natalie Merchant honoured with Lennon award

FILE - This Dec. 8, 2018 file photo shows Natalie Merchant performing at Cyndi Lauper's 8th Annual "Home for the Holidays" benefit concert in New York. Merchant is the sixth recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award, and will headline a tribute concert to the former Beatle in New York on Dec. 6. She's also getting an award from ASCAP this month. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — At this stage of her life, Natalie Merchant is more proud of getting an honour named for John Lennon because of what it says about her activism than her music.

She’s the sixth recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award, and will headline an upcoming tribute concert to the former Beatle. It will be held in New York on December 6.

Merchant works three times a week with disadvantaged children where she lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. She’s worked with the homeless, and got to know Yoko Ono through a campaign to stop fracking in upstate New York.

Aside from her activism, she’s also concentrating on helping her teen-aged daughter through high school and into college.

David Bauder, The Associated Press