Toni Michele Braxton is an American R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. Braxton has won six Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and nine Billboard Music Awards. Throughout the years, she has sold over 66 million records worldwide establishing herself as an R&B icon. Braxton was one of the best-selling female artist of the 1990s, garnering her honorific titles such as the "Queen of R&B".
Braxton topped the Billboard 200 with her 1993 self-titled debut studio album and its hit singles "Love Shoulda Brought You Home", "Another Sad Love Song", "Breathe Again" and "You Mean the World to Me". She continued that streak with her second studio album, Secrets, which spawned the number-one hits "You're Makin' Me High" and "Unbreak My Heart" in 1996. Although she had successful albums and singles, Braxton filed for bankruptcy in 1998, but then returned with her chart-topping third album, The Heat in 2000, which included the international hit single "He Wasn't Man Enough". In 2009, she returned to the spotlight with "Yesterday", a No. 12 R&B hit which served as the first single from her new album Pulse, released on May 4, 2010, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard R&B Album Chart. Braxton was involved in the 7th season of the reality show Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Alec Mazo. She was voted off in week five of the competition. It was announced on October 6, 2010 that Braxton had once again filed for bankruptcy and was reporting somewhere between $1â€“$50 million in debts. Braxton was later discharged of her debt. A reality series entitled Braxton Family Values, starring Toni and her sisters, debuted April 12, 2011 on WE tv. WE tv ordered a 13-episode second season of the show after the third episode of the first season. On September 18, 2011, Braxton was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Braxton released the single "Hurt You" from her upcoming duet album with Babyface entitled Love, Marriage & Divorce and as of December 2013 it marks her seventh Billboard Adult R&B No. 1 on the chart.