Lady Gaga Calls for Compassion at LennonOno Grant for Peace Ceremony

Pop star pleads for peace in thoughtful speech

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Lady Gaga took the time to give a thoughtful speech yesterday when she accepted the LennonOno Grant for Peace in Reykjavik, Iceland. "I was lucky to learn at a young age that your neighbors can truly change your life, like you've changed mine," Gaga said to Yoko Ono, who presented her with the award. "But now five years after becoming a pop artist, young activist and a traveling gypsy – as I have no residence – I have learned that in fact the universe is so wide and so enormous that we are actually, on this earth, all neighbors. The earth is much smaller and much more vulnerable than we all think."

She continued, "So world, breed compassion. Can we put compassion above all things? Can we be brave enough to fight for peace with no fight at all?" Gaga also presented a gift for Sean and John Lennon that she described as "the seed of a lotus flower and the seed of an olive branch."

Lady Gaga was named a recipient of the LennonOno Grant For Peace along with Rachel Corrie, John Perkins, Christopher Hitchens and Pussy Riot.

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