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Lady Gaga Donates $1 Million to NYC Sandy Relief

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The "Born This Way" singer is giving back to the city that launched her career.

Lady Gaga is giving back to her hometown.

In a statement on her website, the Grammy Award-winning artist says that she has donated $1 million to New York City and The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief, saying that without New York City -- specifically the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn -- she "would not be the woman or artist that I am today."

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The Born This Way artist and native New Yorker writes: "Today I pledge $1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today. New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. -- Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas"

Lady Gaga is currently in South America on The Born This Way Ball Tour.