Braxton began her career in 1990 as a founding member of The Braxtons, an R&B singing group formed with her sisters. The Braxtons released their debut album, So Many Ways, as a trio in 1996, and disbanded shortly afterward.
Braxton reunited with her sisters for the WE TV reality series Braxton Family Values (2011–present).
Following a thirteen-year break, Braxton released her second studio album, Love and War (2013), through Epic Records. The record proved to be a commercial success, receiving 3 Grammy Award nominations, including Best Contemporary Album. Braxton’s third album, Calling All Lovers (2015), achieved similar success and spawned the Grammy-nominated single “If I Don’t Have You”. Her fourth album, Bluebird of Happiness (2017), topped the Billboard Independent chart.
Braxton served as a co-host of the Fox Broadcasting Company’s talk show, The Real, from 2013 until 2016. In 2017, Braxton signed a multi-series deal with Steve Harvey’s television studio, East 112th Street Productions. Since, Braxton announced that a talk show and scripted series are in development. Braxton is also set to star in the upcoming film Gangland (2019), directed by Jean-Claude La Marre.
In 2019, she was a contestant on the second season of Celebrity Big Brother. On the season finale, she was deemed the winner by a unanimous jury vote of 9-0. Braxton made history by becoming the first African American to ever win Big Brother in the United States.
Braxton has won four awards from 15 nominations, including one BET Award and three Soul Train Music Awards. She has received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her work as a co-host on the daytime television talk show The Real.