Fans Are Shocked After Tamar Braxton Reveals Which Singer Is a Better Vocalist Than Whitney Houston

Back when Tamar Braxton was a “doo-wop pop” girl, singing background for her sister Toni Braxton, the legendary Whitney Houston spotted her onstage and made a point to praise her as an “amazing” singer.

Despite this and being regarded as one of the greatest voices of all time, Braxton places the “I Will Always Love You” singer third on her list of great singers.

The “Love & War” soprano set it off after a resurfaced clip captured her choosing Mariah over Whitney during a live taping in 2022 for the “State of Black Music” Podcast with hosts Phil Thornton, Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony, and Tamone Bacon at the National Museum of African American Music.

Braxton was prompted after an hour interview to answer a series of “this or that” questions. Initially, she was asked to choose between Monica or Brandy, and then the panel posed the question for her to choose between Xscape or Destiny’s Child. Then she offered to choose between Houston and her music mentee, Mariah Carey.

Tamar Braxton catches heat for saying Mariah Carey was a better singer than Whitney Houston.Tamar Braxton catches heat for saying Mariah Carey was a better singer than Whitney Houston.
Tamar Braxton (left) catches heat for saying Mariah Carey (middle) was a better singer than Whitney Houston (right). (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images; Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)

“I’ve never been a huge Whitney fan like that,” Braxton said, noting that Carey reigns supreme as the best singer of all time over Houston.

“I don’t want you guys to take it out of context here. I’m not saying that I don’t like her music. I’m not saying that she wasn’t a phenomenal singer. I’m not saying her songs wasn’t amazing. But for me, because you asked me a personal question, my personal preference will always be Mariah Carey,” she continued.

Fans on the X platform were outraged about Braxton’s “personal preference,” suggesting it was disrespectful towards the late “I Have Nothing” singer, who died in 2012.

“And your personal preference is wrong,” one post read on X. “The way this sound byte started off let me know I was about to be ticked.”

Another user wrote, “Whitney is the blueprint and you can’t sit on them people stage and try to convince me that you like Mariah over her!”

Many reminded Braxton of the “When You Believe” collaborator’s close relationship. Houston entered the music industry in the 1980s as a teen, while Carey made her debut in the 1990s.

“There is no Whitney or Mariah there’s no Whitney or nothing. Now there can be a Whitney and Mariah. Or just Whitney!” one person wrote.

Not everyone was upset. Many expressed they agreed with her and that it is wrong to not allow her to like who she wants to like.

“How are you going to force somebody to say something the way you want them to say it? That’s her business if she doesn’t prefer Whitney Houston music I get it. Musically Whitney doesn’t have the diverse catalog as Mariah even though she’s one of the greatest. It’s her preference,” a fan wrote in her defense.

Another fan posted a clip of the “Changed” singer on Nick Cannon’s radio show in June 2020, declaring her love for his ex-wife and the mother of his first set of twins.