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Yoko Ono’s Recognition of Lady Gaga Garners Attention

Artist and activist Yoko Ono’s decision to present Lady Gaga with the LennonOno Grant for Peace at a ceremony in Reykjavík on October 9, her late husband John Lennon’s birthday, has garnered worldwide attention.

imaginepeacetower_psOno’s Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island off Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The superstar, who is expected to accept the grant in person, is being recognized for her fight for the rights of homosexuals and transgender people, ruv.is reports.

“Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living artists of our time,” Ono wrote in a press release. “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,” One reasoned.

Gaga joins Pussy Riot, Rachel Corrie, John Perkins and Christopher Hitchens as an honoree. According to Rolling Stone, she will give the charitable donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Gaga tweeted in response: “Thank you @yokoono for everything you’ve said & how much you’ve supported me. I love u & Sean so much.”

It’s not known for how long Gaga will stay in Iceland but it is expected that her arrival will attract members of the foreign press to the country.

Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island off Reykjavík will be lit tomorrow and, as in past years, will shine until December 8, the day Lennon died.

Click here to read more about Lady Gaga and the other recipients of the 2012 LennonOno Grant for Peace.


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