Lady Gaga received Peace Award from Yoko Ono, donates to AIDS research

By Mallory Hatten,

Widow of rocker John Lennon, Yoko Ono, presented pop icon Lady Gaga with the LennonOno Grant for Peace on Tuesday in Iceland for her philanthropic commitments to better the lives of others.

E! News reports that the “Born This Way” singer was awarded with a puzzle-piece-shaped trophy, as well as a $50,000 grant, which she plans to donate to AIDS research. “I will be donating this grant to the Elton John AIDS foundation and I will be working closely with them to ensure that the money goes specifically to those orphans and disadvantaged youth in America born with HIV or AIDS,” Gaga said.

Gaga recently launched her very own charity, Born This Way Foundation, which strives to empower youth and promote positive acceptance of people throughout the world. The pop star also helped with earthquake relief in Haiti in 2010, as well as in Japan in 2011.

According to Reuters, Ono couldn’t think of a better person to give the honor to than Gaga. “Lady Gaga is in a position of number one as a singer-songwriter. And when you are number one you don’t want to risk yourself. And she did.”

Upon received the honor, Gaga declared, “I dare you to be compassionate in a cynical age.”

Photo Courtesy of INFDaily.com

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