PICS: Paula Abdul at Copley Symphony Hall

'Forever Your Girl': Famed singer/dancer/actress/choreographer Paula Abdul showed off moves galore at Copley Symphony Hall during her recent jaw-dropping performance.

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Abdul’s just-wrapped national tour -- dubbed “Straight Up Paula!” -- was part of the 30th anniversary celebration of her 1988 debut studio album “Forever Your Girl.”
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Her Nov. 13 San Diego show was filled with all of Paula's hit songs -- as well as some of the most sublime choreography around!
Maybe the one thing you should know about Abdul is that she's simply done everything: She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers (and within a year became the head choreographer for the Lakers Girls), got "discovered" by the Jacksons and began choreographing videos for Janet Jackson (like “Nasty” and “Control”).
After signing a record deal with Virgin Records, she released her debut album, “Forever Your Girl,” which would go on to sell more than 7 million copies and set the record for the most No. 1 singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted” and “Opposites Attract”). Not too shabby, eh?
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Fun fact: In addition to landing choreographing credits on dozens of films (such as “Coming to America,” “The Doors,” “Jerry Maguire,” and “American Beauty"), you've undoubtedly seen the Abdul-choreographed sequence in the 1988 film "Big" -- where Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia dance on the giant keyboard in FAO Schwarz!
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Of course, many will remember that Abdul was also one of the original judges of “American Idol,” and later appeared on the TV shows “The X Factor,” “Live to Dance,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “So You Think You Can Dance” (among others).
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She’s received five MTV Video Music Award nominations (she’s won twice), won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video for “Opposites Attract” in 1991, and the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package in 1992 for her “Spellbound” album.
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Abdul also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography twice for her work on “The Tracey Ullman Show” and her own performance at the American Music Awards in 1990. Is there an award she hasn't won!?
Oh, in addition to all that -- she’s also been honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is the first entertainer to be honored with the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards’ Hall of Fame Award.
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Abdul’s Nov. 13 show included the following set list: “The Way That You Love Me,” “Knocked Out,” “Singing in the Rain,” “Opposites Attract,” “Dream”…
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Followed by “Cold Hearted Snake,” “Rush Rush,” “Blowing Kisses in the Wind,” “The Promise of a New Day,” “Vibeology,” “Crazy Cool,” “Straight Up” and “Forever Your Girl.” The show was phenomenal, Paula -- please come back soon!
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