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“Bad Romance” singer, Lady Gaga, has received the LennonOno Grant for Peace for her advocacy work fighting for equality for gay, lesbian and transgender people.
According to The Associated Press, the 26-year-old pop star, who has recently launched a Body Revolution campaign after admitting to gaining 25 pounds, will be honored with the award along with four other recipients including Russian punk-rock group, Pussy Riot, and late author, Christopher Hitchens, who will receive the award posthumously.
NME reported that Ono will give Lady Gaga the award at a ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 9, the birthday of both John Lennon and son, Sean. The “Born This Way” singer pledged her money to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Yoko Ono released a statement hailing Lady Gaga as “one of the biggest living artists of our time.” She praised the New York native for using her music as a platform to advocate equality for LGBT people.
"She is not only an artist, she is also an activist, using her art to bring better communication to the world. She is being acknowledged for her activism, and how her album 'Born This Way' has widely changed the mental map of the world. And how it has made us deal with the future world, which happens to be here already."
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