2013 was a very good year for Yoko Ono. She was one of three acts to deliver two top 20 Billboard dance club singles—"Hold Me" (featuring Dave Audé) and "Walking on Thin Ice 2013"—a distinction she shares with only Avicii and Daft Punk; she finally buried the hatchet with Paul McCartney—"What are you going to do…hold a grudge you never really had?" he asked in the November issue of Rolling Stone—and continued to fight the good fight against issues such as world hunger, fracking, and gun control. But the 80-year-old also has a knack for ruling the zeitgeist. Her mastery of high-low culture as evidenced by an absurd menswear collection for Opening Ceremony and a star-studded video for "Bad Dancer," in which she prances around in hot shorts chanting, "I'm a bad dancer/ You're a bad dancer," cemented her iconoclast status. Here, we probe the provocateur for her knee-jerk reaction to women in music, the artist's plight, and the year in pop culture.
What can a woman do in dance music that male acts can't?
Be a woman.
What's the biggest misconception about club music?
That they are not artistic. They are the singularly most artistic music chart in all the charts! It's how you see and listen to it. The music gives people the lightness of life.
Who were this year's best Twitter accounts?
There’s @katyperry, @ladygaga, @taylorswift13, @britneyspears, and @rihanna. I'm very pleased to see that great women are leading the way. Woman Power!
What do you consider the worst music trend of 2013?
Control freaks—people who tell their friends what music they should listen to.
Who were the most underestimated artists in 2013?
All artists are underestimated.
What was your favorite thing you bought this year?
What was the best movie of 2013?
I didn't watch many movies. I read books instead.
What do you like to Google?
How will you remember 2013?
As a very hard year! The human condition is now going through a big change for the better. We will make it.
Who do you think is leading the charge of forward-thinking artists?
For both women and men, it is good to have an artist like Lady Gaga stick her neck out. Otherwise, art will be dead.