When stars contract to entertain at a venue, the contract includes things called “riders” which are basically things the star requests (okay, demands) as part of the agreement to perform. And celebrities, being divas, can come up with some wacky requests. Are they punking the venue or are they serious? Oh, they’re serious all right. Get a look at these over-the-top, legally-contracted-for demands.
Just like the rapper, the requests are all over the place. On one hand, his snack list includes Lunchables — the favorite of 10-year-old boys everywhere — but on the other, he wants jumbo shrimp and cocktail sauce and pepper rings. He’d like a pair of hand weights to work out a little backstage, but also has asked for a koi pond. In Ireland. And of course he got it.
Mariah Carey defines “diva,” not only because of her remarkable voice but also from her deliciously over-the-top demands. What else do you call someone who must have Cristal champagne but no champagne glasses, just bendy straws to drink from the bottle with? Or someone who requests that 20 white kittens surround her during a Christmas lighting ceremony? (Someone actually dared to turn her down for that.) Or someone who requests vitamin water to be stocked… so she could give her dogs a bath? Or someone who has one assistant whose only job is to dispose of Mariah’s chewing gum?
In addition to the regular snacks-in-the-dressing-room list, she has one very specific request: if she is scheduled to arrive before 11 a.m., the venue needs to provide one Starbucks grande iced caramel latte with two packets of Sweet’N Low sugar substitute in it; one Starbucks grande iced Americano made with soy milk, also with two Sweet’N Lows; and one slice of pumpkin loaf. We should all start our mornings like this.
Someone sounds a little germ-phobic. His rider includes a clause that someone has to disinfect all the doorknobs of the venue he’s in, every two hours. That’s a lot of cleaning. Most of us would just wash our hands, but whatever. It’s also a part of his contract for him to have an entire hotel floor for himself and a private elevator. Someone just does not like sharing.
The other Justin on the list, he just used to ask for all the snacks when he was a teen. Now that he’s all grown up he just wants the basics, like a massage table, a private jet (on standby, in case he wants to go somewhere on a whim) and 10 luxury sedans, one for each of his egos we assume. This may be the proof we need that he is not really Canadian. Oh, and after he broke up with Selena Gomez in 2013 his rider included that no music by her be allowed to be played around him. Which is hilarious because…
This singer went one better by banning anyone with the name Justin from working with her. Now keep in mind, that’s a very popular name. So, several Justins on her crew suddenly had new nicknames. Hopefully she’s feeling much better now that he’s married someone else and she escaped being that person.
Yes, she’s the queen, and yes, she is entitled, but yikes these riders are pretty demanding. The temperature of her dressing room must be 78 degrees, no more, no less. For her snacking pleasure she has baked chicken, and it must be, quote, “heavily seasoned.” Also, don’t you dare bring a Coke on the set; she has an exclusive contract with Pepsi. Or for those times she wants to drink water, it must be alkaline, which she will sip through a titanium straw (retail value: $900). Also, the queen needs her throne properly accoutered; a brand new toilet seat must be installed before her arrival.
Adele’s requests mostly center around tea — well, she is British — but she is pretty specific about her requests. It’s not enough to have a kettle to heat water, she needs it to boil. She needs new mugs, large, and new teaspoons (metal only) for stirring. And she needs six of each. That’s a lot of tea drinking. Also, she demands one pack of cigarettes, Marlboro lights to be precise, and a disposable lighter. But her riders aren’t all about what she gets. She specifies that anyone receiving free tickets to her concert be required — as in, or else your tickets are no good — to donate to SANDS, a charity that helps women recover from infant death.
The legendary Beatle is a full on vegan and animal rights activist. So not only can there be no meat in the venue (not for you either, peasant), there can’t be any animal products such as leather. That includes the seats of the limousine that picks him up. Not only that, even an animal print is forbidden. He has very picky taste in flower arrangements (freesia, in many colors, is specifically requested) and he also has to have 20 dozen — that’s 288 — clean towels on hand, and that all lighting be provided by halogen floor lamps.
The former “Baywatch” star and Germany’s favorite American, he doesn’t ask for much, but what he does ask for is pretty weird. He is contracted to get a life-size cardboard cutout of himself in his dressing room. No word on what he does with it, and why every venue has to get him a new one. Let’s just leave it at that.