From customized rooms to branded water, celebs have it all. Since the famous band Van Halen started off the trend of weird and wacky requests by demanding for M&M’s with the brown ones removed, the paparazzi has been keeping a close track of all other demands by various stars. While some might say it’s just deplorable how people with money think they can get anyone to do anything for them, there are others who think that creativity does deserve some leeway and these stars that have to deal with stress and living up to their fan’s expectation are entitled to some eccentricity. But some celebrities have become famous for their diva nature and the top ten are
10. Nicki Minaj
She recently became infamous for gaining her fans ire for being late for her performances. For one of her performances, she arrived almost an hour late because she refused to walk in the grass outside her dressing room since it was too long and she budged only after it was cut. Her usual demands as revealed by a tour rider, include 24 bottles of Dasani water bottles 12 at room temperature and 12 on ice. Her flower arrangements are standard, but she insists on getting candles that smell like baked goods!
An extremely talented artist, Rihanna rose to fame at a very early age to become one of the highest grossing stars under the age of thirty. In recent times though her attitude and weird diva-like demands have begun to attract more attention than her new albums. During a concert in Germany, her management had asked for the juice pressed from special carrots from Ecuador. Apart from just backstage demands, she has also gained a reputation for obscure and weird demands while outside, like her recent insistence on having her own private dance floor at her favourite club, i.e. Mayfair’s mahiki nightclub. Her entourage and helpers have often complained of her attitude and diva-like demands to get strange items like the ‘right’ ice bucket and specific food items at any time. Also her hotel room requirements include Haribo gummies, Oreo cookies, mini Babybel cheese and cans of Red Bull.
8. Katy Perry
A real diva, this singer’s demands are wacky and outrageous just like her outfits; which actually includes a 23 point policy for drivers! Some of the driver’s rules include never starting a conversation with the pop star, fans or her guests, or looking at her through the rear view mirror, asking for autographs or pictures. More than requirements, she has bans on certain items such as her absolute no-no to carnations. Her other specific flower demands include white and purple hydrangeas or pink and white roses. Room needs specify that the fridge must have a glass door; drapes used must be either cream or pink and certain furniture to be customized. Her food list is quite extensive as well including freeze-dries strawberries, quality honey and as was recently revealed her strange request for a tray of cheese and crackers on ice during BBC Radio 1’s Teen awards.
7. Sir Paul McCartney
A sixties icon, this singer’s weird demands generally revolve around his support for animal rights. He demands that the limousine in which he travels must not be covered with leather seats and no item in the room or cars are to have animal products or skin coverings of any kind, not even fake prints. The concert venue must have dry cleaner waiting, and his dressing room demands include a lush green cover with strangely, 19 leafy 6- feet plants and four leafy 4 -feet plants, and an added condition that no plant should possess a bark. The other room requirements include only halogen lamps, three flower arrangements and twenty towels. As for the furniture, he demands it be wooden, and not glass or lacquer. He insists on a purely vegetarian banquet served on an 8 feet table covered with a white tablecloth.
6. Jennifer Lopez
This sultry singer -actress is famous for her apparent obsession with white. Her list of demands includes her trailer to be at least 40 feet in length and everything in the room must be completely white. This includes couches, drapes, the flowers which should be lilies and roses, tablecloths, candles, white lounge areas and even white food such as fish! The other demands included a separate make up area, TV, DVD and stereo and all that trouble just for a charity event where she stayed for a little over an hour! At the world music awards, she demanded that the speed boat to transport her to Monte Carlo be fitted with custom fitted love seat, faux leather seats and a 3000 dollar diamond encrusted headphones to drown out the noise of the boat’s motor. Her privacy needs were catered to by dedicating the entire floor and an entire stretch of beach to her. These are not the only instances; she was recently axed from a gig due to her obnoxious demands!
5. Kanye West
This famous rapper is also famous for his wacky demands apart from anger issues, and was recently in the limelight for his demands to BBC! He ordered for the stage to be rebuilt because he was unhappy about the performance area and replacement of all the dressing room furniture with only white furnishings from the walls, curtains, to chairs to even the flowers. There is more, the wackiest demand that he made was that the carpet in the room was too lumpy and wanted it ironed! Other than that his usual demands include that all the towels backstage for a performance must be from Versace and later he cuts them into half (???). He also has some driver rules like Katy Perry according to which his driver must wear only cotton clothes.
Particular in her demands, this hit singer’s list is a very long one. From new toilet seats and using only red toilet paper to apparently ensure it has not been used, she also demands straws made of titanium worth 900 dollars for special alkaline water chilled to an exact 21 degrees. She requires a hand carved ice ball to suck after each performance, to cool her throat. Her crew members are required to wear complete 100% cotton at all times to prevent any allergic reaction she might have to other fibres. During her recent concert performance she refused the luxurious dressing room and moved to the larger rooms used by players and refurbished them to her own taste. And for a person committed to her endorsements she only has Pepsi products in her trailer and an absolute ban on cola products.
One of the most famous artists of all times, and an inspiration to all singers, she is as well known for her songs, as for her exhibitionism and dressing choices. Madonna is also famous for her strange demands and necessities. Her entourage is basically a small village, consisting of more than 200 members which consists of about 30 bodyguards, a yoga instructor, an acupuncturist and personal chefs to name a few. She demands for 20 international phone lines in her room, apart from specific white and pink roses with stems specifically cut to 6 inches! And this is not the strangest room requirement. She asks for the room furniture to be completely replaced by her own furniture which is shipped in. the toilets are not spared either, since new ones are installed in the rooms after inspection by her people. Foot spa, a love seat, only Kabbalah water and three Kabbalah candles are her other must haves.
2. Lady Gaga
Her claim to fame, apart from her singing prowess includes her eccentric costumes on as well as off stage. From meat costumes to frog ensembles, she has done it all. Her eclectic tastes in clothes extend to her demands as well. She requires a mannequin backstage with her at all times, specifically one with pink pubic hair, for god only knows what reason. Room décor is glam rock style replete with black drapes and white couches and walls decorated by only old rock posters featuring her favourite artists- Davie Bowen, Queen, Billy holiday and Elton john. Her food demands include peanut butter with not more than four grams of sugar, with flax seeds, homemade guacamole, dunking donuts coffee, organic tea and milk. She also demands that her bathroom bath towels, soaps, washcloths and body wash all be lavender coloured, as well as the candles and fresh roses.
1. Mariah Carey
Known famously to be an absolute diva, Mariah Carey is quite popular for her weird and difficult demands. The standard demands that she usually has are the temperature of the venue should be fixed at 75 degrees, the entry door must open into the living room and not the dressing room, water should be Fiji and her strange demands range from having all the rooms draped, the couches must be a three seater with absolutely no busy patterns apparently. The faucets in the bathroom must be of gold. All venues must have puppies, white doves and all individual handlers need to have toilet paper on them all the time proving her love for animals and in another testimony to this fact she insists on a separate chauffeur for her dog, jack who also must be bathed with only French mineral water. In fact, for a Christmas lighting event in London, she requested for 20 white kittens and 100 doves, and to be showered with butterfly shaped confetti at the end. She reportedly surrounds herself with 11 bodyguards while dining so no one can see her eat. Extremely fussy about her privacy, she has gone to great lengths to ensure she is not disturbed, by buying out all economy seats during a flight, renting all suites next to her suite and reportedly even asking for a gymnasium to be fitted next to her suite. Two days before her performance she refuses to speak to anyone, only communicating via notes!