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Tamar Braxton Blames Rihanna’s Photographers For Hot Sugar Disappointment

October 23, 2013 06:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

Could a feud be brewing between Tamar Braxton and Rihanna? The Braxton Family Values star is very upset about the decidedly poor critical reception to Hot Sugar, her brand new music video. But instead of accepting responsibility, she’s placing all the blame squarely on the shoulders of Rihanna’s photographers. What gives?

Have you seen Tamar Braxton’s Hot Sugar music video? No? Well, you’re certainly not alone. The response to last week’s debut was lukewarm, at best, with the music video plagued by a lack of fan enthusiasm, not to mention several negative reviews. Tamar acknowledges Hot Sugar’s status as the ultimate music video letdown, but insists that its failure is most definitely not her fault.

Tamar Braxton feels that all blame lies with Gomillion and Leupold, Rihanna’s acclaumed photographers. After promising to assist in the production of Tamar’s music video, the pair instead chose to follow Rihanna through the final stages of her world tour. Hoping to alert the world to their betrayal, Tamar recently stopped by Gomillion and Leupold’s Instagram account, leaving an epic rant in the comments section of one of their photos.

After opening with the admission, ”I think you guys are very talented,” Tamar proceeded to bash the photographers for ditching the Hot Sugar music video while it was still in the beginning stages of production. The singer referred to this decidedly hands-off approach as “pure F**KERY,” adding that their prompt disappearance forced her to “hire and edit a bunch of nonsense” for the sake of her fans.

To add insult to injury, Rihanna’s photographers refused to attach their names to Tamar Braxton’s music video. They clearly were reluctant to be associated with a less than stellar production, although, as Tamar correctly points out, they’d likely have boasted incessantly about their involvement had the music video proven a miraculous success. Continuing her crazed Insta-rant, the singer complained, “if people would have thought it was brilliant…you would have blasted the video [and] ya’ll name everywhere.”

Check out Tamar Braxton’s Hot Sugar music video for yourself and then head to the comments section to tell us whether you think it deserves all the criticism — and whether Rihanna’s photographers are to blame.

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38 Responses to “Tamar Braxton Blames Rihanna’s Photographers For Hot Sugar Disappointment”

  1. lola.lisa Says:
    October 24th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Tamar Braxton can decently sing, but her ugly personality has always held her back and the same is true to this day. If Vince had not decided to to attempt making her superstardom dreams come true, she would be where her calling is and that’s with her newborn baby instead of chasing fame. That’s why she can’t bond with the baby and her voice is failing her. Tamar is delusional because she sees herself on the same level as her sister Toni and Beyonce. What can I say to that? LOL! Vince made a mistake working with his wife. That’s why music producers don’t do it.

  2. Clarice Says:
    October 24th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This video is totally Trash, low class, low quality. & low budget RATCHET & Mediocre at Best! The video is common, BORING & is Amature. Her 25 ft. fake Pony tail is Wack, she tried to Copy Beyounce ‘s hair swinging tactics! Boo that’s old now! Queen Bey did that years ago & Will Smith’s daughter already did that! Duh! Tamar ‘s outfit was lame. & boring. Regular folks wear that at the club. The video had no originality & the whole thing emphasized AGAIN, that Tamar is nothing more than a Toni Braxton, Beyounce WANNABE! Chile ‘Go get Yo Life’. Go be a mama & wife boo.

  3. Toya Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:28 am

    The video was boring. It really didn’t catch my interest. I enjoyed the song but a much simpler video without the hair swinging and male dancers would have been better. I envisioned a much simpler video for this song without all of that. I hope they re-do the video and put something better out.

  4. victoria Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Tamar you are a beautiful young lady and can sing. keep going and enjoy your new baby and career Haters only make you stronger.

  5. Linetta Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    It is what it is she can only sing and she thought she was good enough to go solo. K.Michell is way better than Tamar. When your good these things don’t happen to you. go back with your sister Toni and do doo wopp. Vince got what he wanted a baby and he will get rid of Tamar soon. have lots of seats yours singing career is DONE.

  6. Linetta Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Nobody is hating on her like you said it she can sing and that’s it. there are a lot of people who can sing but if you are not an entertainer have a seat and sing back-up. Tamar is fake she wanted to be Bey and Toni. Tamar is a hood rat who slept her was into the industry, Bey was born an entertainer. Sorry Tamuppet.

  7. SHAY Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 11:22 am


  8. Glynise Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Tamar you are a mother now and it shows in your video’s. You can not pop it like it’s hot and turn people on no more, not to say you ever did, and that is not a read. Maybe you should stick to ballets and be a back-up singer. It pays the bill girlfriend.

  9. Jaystar Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I personally like the creativity of the video. How they show all the different images on the screen like an instagram then zoom in and out of each. That was cool. But I feel the editing could have been way better. The editing that was done didin’t show her best moments and it feels like they rushed it. It’s a hot mess. But the concept was dope and she looked AMAZING. The male dancers were dope too.

  10. Sonia Says:
    October 26th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I like Tamar and I think she has great vocal talent. She could use a little bit of an attitude adjustment at times, but the fact of the matter is the girl can sing. With all that said, on to this video. I expected more from her being the DIVA that she claims to be on the show. This video is all kinds of WRONG! It’s a mess! Horrible editing and she is VERY stiff! Dancing is definitely not one of her greatest talents! She should stick to the Mariah Carey thing. Stand still, look pretty, let the fan blow your weave, and hit every note while singing the hell out of a song! Good luck Tamar!

  11. Chelle Says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I saw the video when it was released and I have to say although not the best it wasn’t as bad as some make it out to be. I understand her wardrobe choices, considering she had not been to long had a baby. What I hate to see is people comparing singers to other singers, everyone has their own style and I’m sure before Beyoncé did certain things they had already been done before. So why most choose to put her up on a pedestal I’ll never know. Am I a huge Tamar fan NO I’m not but I am a fan of good singing and music and she can really sing. What’s even sadder is the down right disrespect, why can’t black people just give constructive feedback and try to inspire oppose to rear down. She’s a singer and an entertainer and the only person she can be is herself.

  12. christiana Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    very early 90s! (in terms of video style and quality) no Buena mama!

  13. gilda Says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Tamar is very talented and has great potential, she has a beautiful voice and can really sing, but this video is not the kind of work I expected from her. It seriously lacked creativity and seemed like it was quickly thrown together without a well planned concept.

  14. Dee Says:
    October 29th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Please stop tryin to be like da young people. It’s very ugly and out of character for someone ur age. U have a child now.

  15. ChristianDionne Says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 6:57 am

    The concept was lackluster. the photography was excellent. Tamar looked better than ever. Hot Sugar is a dance song and this video screamed for tight choreography (think Beyonce’s “Put a Ring on It”) or a really risque, well thought out story line (think Gaga’s “Applause” or Ke$ha’s “Die Young”) I would blame the director, not the photographers, herself and her management for not having a clear vision of who she is as an artist or a better story line for the video. The song is HOTT. The video was a big disappointment. Tamar looks snatched though!

  16. TGC Says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    To me she is being exactly who she is, Tamar Braxton. Only you ppl are comparing her to Bey and Toni. Who’s not influenced by Beyonce or anyone other successful entertainer and what has not been done already. Some aspects of this video could be better but it’s not the worst thing. And since when did mothers need to sit down?

  17. tonia fisher Says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Just awful, so sorry

  18. Pat Says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Great job Tamar!!!!! God Bless you with talent. There are people who are gonna hate on you, and the ones talking aren’t doing a DAMN thing themselves.

  19. Esorah Says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 6:34 am

    One word. Garbage. the song is better than the video. look like a video soliciting gay men. i dont understand. Ive been waiting all this time to see the Hot Suga video, and was just dropped like a hot rock. Really Tamar?!? you approved that message?

  20. Shay LA Says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Video is cool. Tamar you do look a little stiff almost unsure in certain shots. You suppose to be dropping it like it’s hot and picking it back up like it burns girl. What happen to that? You talk a good game not let follow through. So what you had a baby, you are still hot and you got it in you to be a Beyonce or better then her if that’s what you want. And I only mean in terms of your dancing because you sing way better than Beyonce. Go hard or go home. Show people what you got girl. Get on the stage and don’t hold back. If this is what you want, take it over girl. You got it. And by the way, I think you are way more talented then your sister Toni. WE all love Toni but you got your own thing going on. Work it. Yeah Baby.

  21. Daniel Teflon Says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I’m sorry I just don’t get off into her voice this fake ole Mariah Carey get up is DONE!! Like others have said being Toni Braxton’s Background singer did u just right…Not a FAN SORRY!!

  22. tellit2tee Says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Tamar really needs to control her mouth, vince is right when he yells at her and tells her how out of control her mouth is. The video sucks but she and her hubby can see just like we can and could have not released it or gotten others to work on it. vince is in the business so they can blame themselves. after seeing how she is treating her supposed friend from Theskorpion show on youtube just because they interviewd Kmichelle and K came at Tamar she is now mad and once again running off with her mouth. Tamar learned alot of funny terms from Makael & kevin “have several seats” was makaels he was saying it for years! i like tamar but seeing the video of Kmichelle and seeing the shade she is throwing kevin who had a show before her and is trying to build a name for himself, i’m turned off. I learned about Tamar from the skorpion show, they talked about the braxtons and i watched. talked about her album, supported her in everything she has done. She needs to calm that mouth down otherwise the new show the talk folks will start to get tired of her real soon. but then there are 4 other delightful women on the show starring right along side of her so that may help. “watch your mouth Tamar” as Vince her hubby would say “watch your mouth”

  23. Sunshine Says:
    November 2nd, 2013 at 5:25 am

    @Shay La….”Way more talented than her sister Toni”???? Are you serious? That’s why Toni won so much awards & not Tamar right? Don’t go there..Let’s stick with the topic at hand..The video & song was not appealing to me at all! I agree with what the majority on here has said. Don’t like her attitude either!

  24. Jenifa Says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Why is Rihanna’s name even in this article? She had nothing to do with any of this. Tamar Braxton is faker than fake itself. She is an empty vessel caught up in the delusion that she is actually a star or that she is a great singer. She is neither. She has little to work with in the voice department and nothing to work with in the realm of stardom. She needs to take those spiders from around her eyes, wipe off the 10 pounds of makeup and try to use her real hair and hair color for a change. What a vacuous woman….makes us all look bad.

  25. Chantie Says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I love this song & Tamar Braxton I will agree is up there with beyonce vocally. Don’t trip!!! Beyonce ain’t no Whitney or Aretha (which im sure ppl will argue ) and either way we shouldn’t compare (but I guess it’s natural). I did expect more from the video but Its really not that serious. It’s all good. On to the next. And for the ppl tellin her to have a seat cuz she’s a mother and she should stick to doowop: lmfao. You’re probably so quick to dismiss her talent b/c u don’t have a talented bone in ur hatin a** body.

  26. Chantie Says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Pretend you never watched Braxton family values and you don’t know her personality, b/c that looks to be clouding alot of ppl’s opinion of the SONG and VIDEO

  27. JJ Says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I am not a fan, but not a hater. Everyone makes good and bad decisions, it’s called life. Mishaps with videos, photo shoots, interviews, etc., happen. If mistakes don’t happen, what will you learn from? In my opinion, the worst thing about the whole thing is the way she handled the unfortunate event. In the Industry you can’t let the spectator know everything. It comes back on you regardless of who’s fault it is, especially if you are the one to throw people under the bus so harshly. Don’t burn bridges because you never know who you will need in the future and others won’t forget what you will forget. It’s funny how things come back full circle. It’s a bad reputation for you and your husband and unnecessary controversy. Learn to be transparent with class. I did see that a lot of the moves were moves that Beyonce has done in the past, but a lot of her moves aren’t original. She uses moves that are old enough that people don’t remember them or she takes those moves and makes them her own. It’s like a collaboration of Beyonce and someone else. It’s like Beyonce and someone else doing the same dance side by side and you see that Beyonce and the other person move differently so it doesn’t really look like a copycat move. I would just say study a little bit more before using the same moves that other stars use. But just like fashion, dance moves are recycled. Your career won’t take off with a bad attitude about things that go wrong. My heart goes out to you because I can tell that you really want it. Go get it, but be smart and professional about it. Good luck to you and God bless you and your family.

  28. JJ Says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 7:59 pm


  29. Jeatash Says:
    November 5th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Being humble will bring you, your dreams. Blaming other people for your mishaps will bring you nothing but sadness. Who has the last say on your projects? I haven’t watched your show in a year now because it hurts my heart, that with all you have;home, family, loving husband and now a son, you still haven’t humbled yourself before GOD and thanked him for what you have. This article shows that your thinking process is still off kilter. I know “reality” TV is really not in reality, but you and your family do have the last say. And since your family allows this attitude, I cannot but think this is who you are. Yes, your voice is good (for now) but remember, it can be snatched in a twinkle of your eyes. Humble yourself down, and ALL that you dream will be yours.

  30. llawrence Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Tamar is bully and she wont say anything to someone in person. there are a lot of new up and coming singers that are more talented and can sing better than Tamar. ReVaugh, 7streeter, Brigett Kelly, K. Michelle and more.

  31. "C" Says:
    November 8th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Actually, I wanted to bash the “video” but that won’t do any good. I do have this to say… let’s call it what it is.. a slideshow and not a video. And under that category it gets a 5. Tamar can actually sing but that particular “song” doesn’t do her any justice. She needs a song that can bring out her true character. (Not that it really needs to come out any more than it already is)

  32. Neatra Says:
    November 10th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Didn’t like the video but oh well. I think she can sing and she cracks me up….Say what you want cause she’s laughing all the way to the bank!

  33. ShaunR Says:
    November 11th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Okay… let’s stop talking about Beyonce. She only does what TINA TURNER did in the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s and 00′s. When Bey is original, we can put her on a pedestal. Tamar is like every other artist out there today in a very SATURATED market. There are hits and misses. This was not a bad video. The song was not that hot. If people liked the song, they would tune in. Also,Toni Braxton is a different breed. Toni has been a headlining entertainer for more than 20 years. She has honed that craft. Tamar is learning to headline. Give her a break.

  34. Janelle Wayans Says:
    November 12th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    to be honest, I think Vince gave Tamar full creative control of this video because she kept begging for it to be put out and when you rush for things to happen ish like this happens. But The Love and War video looked a little low budget too like when you watched them on the show when they were filming the video I honestly don’t think Tamar is a huge investment deal for Vince honestly. She’s not a ugly chick and can sing the draws off of a male/female. “The One” seemed way more natural to me out of all her videos. *My opinion

  35. llawrence Says:
    November 15th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    What Tamar needs to do is change her ways it is not lady like. Try not to be someone else. Now we know she cant dance so she should just stand still and sing. Change her hair color and spend more time with her son. People will see you in a better light. Super Star you are NOT

  36. leah smith Says:
    November 16th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Tamar I love your voice and you are a great singer! forget the haters! Keep doing you! PLUS! IT’s not your fault your video came out like that! Its the one that where in charge of the project!FOR THE ONE THAT KEEP TELLING TAMAR TOO QUICK SINGER AND BE A MOM!TELL BEYONCE TOO STOP SINGING CAUSE SHE A MOM TOO!WEARING NASTY OUTFITS AND NOT SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OUR CHILDREN EVER! SO STOP YALL!!! TAMAR KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND KEEP PUSHING ON! God be with you and God bless you, Tamar!

  37. Jenni Says:
    December 2nd, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Please reconsider and give yourself to God…Dance for the Lord not the devil…Let’s not joke about being Holy but in reality be Holy… All can be taken away in a twinkling of an eye…Be beautiful on the inside, as well as the outside….Give God the Glory….Stop making a mockery of Jesus by joking…..He is all we have in the end….Please reconsider your ways…Be there for your precious baby and husband…you have a good life but where really is God….Love you in Christ

  38. gurpreet Says:
    April 22nd, 2014 at 4:52 am

    tamar young lady good video


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