Popular American Idol judge Paula Abdul has been named Woman of the Year by a Nevada ballet company for her efforts in dance and choreography. Abdul, a former Los Angeles Lakers dancer, will join recent honorees Celine Dion and Carol Channing when she picks up the Nevada Ballet Theatre award in Las Vegas next year (27JAN07). The company's co-founder NANCY HOUSSELS said in a statement, "Everyone knows Paula as the judge of the popular show, 'American Idol.' But they may not be aware of her extensive work with children through her cheerleading camps and scholarship programs. "Her warm personality and talent have touched every aspect of the arts and entertainment world. Paula exemplifies the qualities we look for in an honoree."