About Paula Abdul
A two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, American Music Award winner, and multi-platinum recording artist (60 million sales worldwide), Paula Abdul has been entertaining her fans for over 25 years as a singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, television personality, producer, and entrepreneur.
Paula Abdul is also very active in her community as a spokesperson and advocate for a variety of national charity organizations. Abdul partnered with Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, to adopt a school in Brooklyn, New York and to help foster arts education in impoverished schools across the nation. She is also an avid spokesperson and supporter of the American Humane Association’s “Pets and Women’s Shelters” (PAWS) Program, the foundations of Natural Balance Pet Food, and Petco (raising funds for nonprofit guide-dog schools). In 2014, the Avon Foundation for Women asked Abdul to become their Avon Global Ambassador for their international #CheckYourself digital campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Alongside the Avon Foundation, Abdul directed, produced, choreographed and starred in the campaign, which garnered half a billion media impressions around the world.
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 returned to network television in September 2011 with FOX’s highly anticipated X·Factor. Paula can also be seen as a recurring guest star on the Lifetime hit series Drop Dead Diva. Currently, she can be seen as a judge on Fox’s hit US dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance (following a season as a judge on So You Think Dance – Australia).
Abdul’s career began at a young age when she joined the Laker Girls as cheerleader and choreographer. Her talent was noticed by top music artists, directors and producers, and she quickly began to make her mark in the dance world. Her most celebrated works in choreography include her Emmy-winning contributions to The Tracey Ullman Show, produced by the Oscar & Emmy Award winner James L. Brooks. Shortly thereafter, Paula was double nominated for her groundbreaking choreography for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards and her own performance on the American Music Awards, for which she won an Emmy. She won 7 MTV Awards for her work with Janet Jackson and has also choreographed for Duran Duran, ZZ top, The Jackson family, George Michael, and Prince.
In film, she choreographed the memorable African wedding dance scene with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming to America and also worked with Cuba Gooding, Jr. for his Academy Award-winning role in Jerry Maguire. She also transformed Val Kilmer into the iconic Jim Morrison in The Doors.
In 1989, Paula became a worldwide singing sensation with her first album, Forever Your Girl. After the single “Straight Up” exploded onto the charts. The album went multi-platinum and featured an astonishing four #1 singles. Spellbound, her second #1 album followed in 1991 to similar worldwide success, featuring two #1 singles. A sold-out worldwide arena tour came next, and in 1995 she released her third album entitled Head Over Heels. Paula has achieved a remarkable 10 Top Ten career singles with six number one hits.