Paula Abdul Performs Energetic Medley of Greatest Hits During Billboard Music Awards

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The 2019 BBMAs were hosted by Kelly Clarkson, who won the first season of 'American Idol' when Abdul served as a judge.

Paula Abdul closed out the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday with a medley performance of her biggest hits.

The energetic performance began with Abdul alone on a side stage. Dressed in an all-black ensemble, she did a short tap dance routine before she began to sing "Straight Up." She was soon joined by a group of all-male backup dancers that she directed through the aisles on the floor to the main stage.

The group of performers approached a large black platform on the stage that they all climbed and danced on before Abdul moved on to sing "The Way That You Love Me."

The singer kicked the energy up during the second song and jumped from the high platform into the arms of the dancers, who stood on the ground. She continued to perform a number of acrobatic moves as she transitioned to the song "Vibeology."

Abdul was later joined onstage by the animated character MC Skat Cat, who was featured in the iconic music video for "Opposites Attract." The singer and cat danced in unison as she belted out the words to the 1989 hit. 

"Cold Hearted" was the next song featured in the choreograph-heavy performance. Throughout the performance, Abdul continued to enthusiastically dance to her hit songs.

The performance started to wrap up when Abdul transitioned to "Forever Your Girl." The singer showed the audience her gratitude as she shook their hands and bent down to greet a number of the people in the crowd. 

Abdul concluded the performance when her dancers lifted her up in the air. Host Kelly Clarkson later joined her onstage to close out the evening. While Clarkson joked that Abdul didn't know who she was, the performer reassured the American Idol alum that she knew her.

This year marks the 30-year anniversary of when Abdul's debut album, Forever Your Girl, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart after being on the list for 64 weeks. The album features four singles that grabbed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1989 to 1990.

The 2019 BBMAs were hosted by Kelly Clarkson. The awards ceremony took place Wednesday night from theMGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and aired on NBC.

The Billboard Music Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions — a division of Valence Media, the parent company of the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group.