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Lady Gaga Identified as LennonOno Grant for Peace Honoree

Pop star joins Pussy Riot as 2012 award recipient

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October 5, 2012 11:10 AM ET

Lady Gaga has been revealed as the unidentified peace activist to receive the fifth and final LennonOno Grant for Peace. "Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living artists of our time," Yoko Ono said 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."

Gaga joins Pussy Riot, Rachel Corrie, John Perkins and Christopher Hitchens as an honoree. She will accept the award and a donation in person today in Reykjavik, Iceland, and will give the donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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