US singer Lady Gaga poses for pictures as she arrives at Harrods department store in central London to launch her perfume 'Lady Gaga Fame'. AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS
Lady Gaga has been chosen to be one of the recipients of the LennonOno Grant For Peace award.
The ‘Born this way’ singer will be awarded with the prize, which was started in memory of late ‘Beatles’ musician John Lennon, for her humanitarian work and activism.
“She is not only an artist, she is also an activist, using her art to bring better communication to the world,” Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono said in a statement published on ImaginePeace.com.
Besides her career in music, Gaga has also contributed to various charities including raising funds and donating money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.
She also contributes in the fight against HIV and AIDS and has a non-profit organisation, Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), which focuses on youth empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development.
Lady Gaga will attend the ceremony to receive her award in Reykjavik, Iceland on Oct. 9, the birthday of both the late Lennon and his son, Sean, and will donate the prize money to the Elton John AIDS Foundation to support their work combating HIV among disadvantaged youth in the U.S.
The other honourees are Russian punk band Pussy Riot, author and activist John Perkins, known for his bestselling expose Confessions of an Economic Hit Man; and the late Rachel Corrie, the U.S. peace activist who was killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003.