One of the most polarizing figures in popular music, if not popular culture of the 20th century, Yoko Ono was a performance artist and musician whose marriage to Beatle John Lennon created a firestorm of divisive opinions, dismissive statements and outright blame for the group's breakup. Both her art and her music were eclectic, confrontational and often difficult to understand from a layman's perspective; Ono's keening vocals, which drew inspiration from Japanese opera and the avant-garde of the 1960s, drew considerable condemnation from Beatles fans, who accused her of fueling the band's breakup. However, Ono persevered, even after Lennon's tragic murder in 1980, and eventually found herself on the receiving end of considerable praise for her artistic vision and self-confidence in the late 1990s and early 21st century. She, more than any other person, was also responsible for preserving Lennon's memory and legacy for generations. As both a fiercely independent artist and storekeeper of her husband's work, Yoko Ono was unquestionably one of the most dedicated figures in popular culture.