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Lady Gaga to share peace prize
Lady Gaga is to share a biennial peace prize in memory of John Lennon, honouring her charity work and equality campaigning.
The US singer has been chosen as one of the recipients of the LennonOno Grant For Peace which will be handed out in Reykjavik, Iceland, by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono next week.
Other recipients which have already been announced include the late writer Christopher Hitchens and Russian punk act Pussy Riot, three of whose members have been imprisoned for a political protest.
The awards are handed out every other year on October 9, the birthday of former Beatles star Lennon and his son Sean.
Ono said: "Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living artists of our time. 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."
Lady Gaga is due to attend the ceremony in person and accept a charitable donation which she will give to the Elton John Aids Foundation.