Paula Abdul said her music isn't always the critics' choice, but she added that it is all hers as she defended herself against the biggest musical fuss since Milli Vanilli fell flat.
The singer-choreographer held a news conference Thursday to dispute claims in a lawsuit by backup singer Yvette Marine that she "had substantial participation" in some songs on the hit album "Forever Your Girl.""This angers me," Abdul said in her first appearance since the lawsuit against Virgin Records was filed Monday. "I sing the lead on every single song on `Forever Your Girl.' "
"The lawsuit is a slap to my personal integrity," she said. "I do not profess to be any Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey. But that is my voice, from the first note to the last."
Abdul, a former L.A. Lakers cheerleader, said Marine was trying to take "a shortcut to success at the expense of all the work I've done."
In November, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences took back the Grammy it gave Milli Vanilli.
The duo's producer admitted they were front men who went on stage and mouthed the words of others on the album that won best new artist honors.