Yoko Ono awards peace prize to Lady Gaga
October 11 , 2012
Pop star Lady Gaga has been awarded a peace prize by Yoko Ono in a ceremony in Iceland.
Peace activist Ono said the LennonOno Grant for Peace, established in memory of her late husband, former Beatle John Lennon, was awarded to Lady Gaga for combining her star power with activism and changing "the mental map" of the world.
"Lady Gaga is in a position of number one as a singer songwriter," Ono said. "And when you are number one you don't want to risk yourself. And she did."
Lady Gaga accepted the award in Reykjavik on Tuesday along with a monetary prize that she said she would donate 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."