Paula Abdul Named Woman of the Year

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She may not be winning our poll of favorite American Idol judge, but Simon and Randy's cohort still has something to smile about.

Indeed, Paula Abdul has been named the Nevada Ballet Theater's 2007 "Woman of the Year" for her efforts in dance and choreography.

Yay for Paula!

A rep for the Ballet told that Paula's "warm personality and talent have touched every aspect of the arts and entertainment world. Paula exemplifies the qualities we look for in an honoree."

Abdul, a former Los Angeles Lakers dancer, will join honorees like Rita Rudner, Celine Dion, Chita Rivera and Carol Channing, when she picks up the award at the Ballet's annual Black and White Ball on January 27 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

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