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Tamar Braxton disagrees with Rihanna’s R&B Grammy nominations

Photo Credit: Tamar Braxton's Instagram (@tamarbraxtonher)

Photo credit: Tamar Braxton’s Instagram (@tamarbraxtonher)

Tamar Braxton has never been one to bite her tongue when it comes to voicing her opinion on a topic. And as always, Braxton was nothing short of candid when she weighed in on the state of R&B music and explained that she took issue with Rihanna being nominated for R&B Grammys.

Braxton’s frank conversation took place this week during an interview with Angie Martinez, during which she was asked to share her thoughts on R&B music and Sam Smith winning Best New Artist at the recent BET Awards. Although Braxton congratulated Smith, she explained why she feels he does not make R&B music.

“I definitely wouldn’t consider that R&B, though. No, not at all,” she said. “It’s very pop music to me.”

Braxton then explained her feelings on Rihanna being nominated for Best R&B Album at the Grammys.

“I had an issue with Rihanna being nominated at the Grammys for Best R&B Album. She doesn’t sing R&B music. She is a pop star. You know what I’m saying? I had an issue with that a little bit.

“I love her, though,” she added.

Martinez then asked Braxton what constitutes R&B music.

“It’s called rhythm and blues. Ribs and barbecue. It’s not twerk music. It’s soulful. That’s R&B music,” Braxton laughed.

Braxton then added another comment about Rihanna, “Every song of [Rihanna’s] that I’ve got my complete and utter life to has been [while] twerking. I love her and I’m one of her biggest fans period, but that’s not R&B music.”

Someone Braxton does think is R&B is Beyoncé.

“Beyoncé, for me, is more R&B than what Rihanna music would be considered,” Braxton said.

Well, we can understand why Braxton sees Rihanna that way considering she is one of pop music’s reigning queens and doesn’t have a traditional R&B voice. We just hope that Rihanna’s sees that Braxton did praise her talent and music, otherwise this could end up in yet another pointless music beef for Braxton.



  1. MeMe on July 21, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I think Sam Smith’s music is a bit soulful but definitely not Rihanna.

  2. shellyTheGreat on July 21, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I agree.

  3. Mimi on July 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I agree with Tamar. I love love love Rihanna’s songs and her music style, but it is not R&B its pop. Beyonce could go both ways, but mainly R&B. I disagree with Tamar about Sam Smith. I think that he is R&B. His sound is soulful and deeply expressed to me. He deserved to be nominated and he won.

  4. Mimi on July 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Oh Tamar should lay off the weave and find some help with the hairline issue. Hope it not too late. Not a good look. Still love you Tamar.

  5. kelly on July 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I think Beyoncé is a pop singer as well most of her songs are dance songs with the exception of her doing a collaboration with a rapper here and there or the rare ballad. She just sings better and doesn’t do the techo like Rihanna does. As far as Sam Smith I disagree with her. I see can see him as R and B. Is it because he’s from the U. K that she doesn’t. ….. hmmm

  6. Angelajlarsen on July 22, 2015 at 3:20 am

    ^^^^^^Some few days to get small deal with on-o-l-i-n-g-o-u-