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Never before has there been an artist who has been equally recognized, awarded and celebrated both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, as has Paula Abdul. As a ground-breaking choreographer, dancer, song writer, performer, designer, actor and business women, this two-time Emmy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist has continued to find new ways to entertain her loyal fans for over 20 years.
Paula Abdul grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California and pursued her childhood love for dance and cheerleading through high school & college. After college, Paula was ready to take her dance skills to the next level and joined the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleaders, where she became head cheerleader/choreographer after only a few months. Very quickly, she became widely known as "re-inventing" cheerleading by combining classic cheering with contemporary music and dance in a way that had not been seen before. During her time with the Lakers, Paula was recruited by the top music artists, directors and producers in the world to choreograph their music videos and tours and films.
Paula became a worldwide singing sensation with her first CD, "Forever Your Girl" after the single "Straight Up" exploded onto the charts. Paula's record quickly went multi-platinum and had an astonishing four number one singles. Paula's second album "Spellbound" was released in 1991 to similar worldwide success with two number one singles and followed with her third album in 1995 "Head over Heels." Throughout her music career, Paula has won many musical awards such as a Grammy, seven MTV video awards, two Emmy awards and two People's Choice awards and has sold over 60 million records worldwide.
In recognition of her 20 plus years in dance and choreography, Paula was honored in 2008 with a Lifetime Achievement award from the prestigious Tremaine Dance Company, as the "Tremaine Entertainer of the Year 2008" and was presented the Always Next, Forever Now Icon Award, reserved only for the most beloved of pop icons in 2010.
Paula Abdul is also an established business woman, teaming up with the Home Shopping Network to launch a groundbreaking lifestyle line called "Forever Your Girl", playing a vital role in the conceptualization, design and creation processes and also launched The Paula Abdul Jewelry Collection for QVC.
More recently Paula has become one of the top public speakers in the industry, touring the country to bring her own passion, drive and work experiences to the lives of those walking the halls of companies throughout America.
In 2010, Paula announced her role as co-founder and partner in the interactive video service Auditionbooth.com, an online talent discovery destination which connects a full spectrum of aspiring talent directly with casting directors, agents and managers for high-profile television shows, Web series and advertising campaigns.
Paula Abdul is also very active in her community, being a spokesperson for national charity organizations such as the American Humane's Pets and Women's Shelters (PAWS)TM Program, the foundations of Natural Balance Pet Food and Petco which raises critically needed money for non-profit guide dog schools throughout the country.
After saying goodbye to American Idol in 2010 and serving as executive producer and creative partner for the CBS reality-competition series "Live To Dance", Paula returns to network television in September 2011 with FOX's highly anticipated "X-Factor". Paula can also be seen as a re-occurring guest star on the Lifetime hit series "Drop Dead Diva".
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