REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Pop star Lady Gaga was awarded a peace prize by Yoko Ono in a ceremony in Iceland on Tuesday.
Peace activist Ono said the LennonOno Grant for Peace, established in the name of her late husband, former Beatle John Lennon, rewarded Lady Gaga for combining stardom with activism and changing “the mental map” of the world.
“Lady Gaga is in a position of number one as a singer songwriter,” Ono told Reuters Television. “And when you are number one you don’t want to risk yourself. And she did.”
Grammy-winning Lady Gaga, who shot to fame with her debut album “The Fame” in 2008, accepted the puzzle-shaped award in Reykjavik along with a monetary prize that she said she will give to the Elton John AIDS Foundation
Gaga said she would continue to “communicate compassionately to the world and its leaders,” and dedicated the award to “youth empowerment around the world.”
SNIP: Here is Yoko Ono at work: