This year, Yoko Ono chose Lady Gaga for the LennonOno Grant for Peace.
Yoko was married to John Lennon of the Beatles, and October 9th would have been his 72nd birthday. Sadly, he was murdered in New York in 1980.
So to honor his memory, Yoko created this award 2 years ago, and she chose Lady Gaga this year! According to Yoko, Gaga "is not only an artist, she is also an activist, using her art to bring better communication to the world…her album 'Born This Way' has widely changed the mental map of the world."
Gaga was extremely moved by the award:
"I'm supremely honored to accept this grant and award today on behalf of youth empowerment around the world. 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."
Congratulations to Lady Gaga for all her amazing work!