Lady Gaga Receives Peace Award from Yoko Ono

Lady Gaga appeared with Yoko Ono yesterday for a ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland. Held in her honor, the event celebrated the singer as she received the LennonOno Grant for Peace.

Gaga was honored with the award for her charity work, including her own Born This Way Foundation, and most recently, her Body Revolution 2013 campaign, which empowers her fans to embrace who they are, flaws and all.  Yoko praised her saying to Reuters Television, "Lady Gaga is in a position of #1 as a singer/songwriter. And when you are #1, you don't want to risk yourself. And she did."

The singer not only received a puzzle piece-shaped trophy for her philanthropy, but also a $50,000 grant which she already plans to spend on making a difference. "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," she said in a video posted online, later adding, "I dare you to be compassionate in a cynical age."

Congrats Gaga!!! It's great when you see celebrities actually using their platform that they've been blessed with to make a difference in this world!

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