Dressing Room Demands From Music’s Biggest Divas
By Vanessa Payes
Super-star divas want to be treated like princesses, or in some cases, they demand all the concessions of a queen. Their adoring fans often fantasize about the perks of fame and what their favorite singers’ backstage dressing rooms are like. According to the backstage riders on Smoking Gun, these famous singers’ demands not only run the gamut from pretentious to outlandish, but define these ladies as true divas.
Pop music’s beloved weirdo, Lady Gaga, is a genius at getting the public’s attention. Her wacky and fascinating persona combines the idiosyncratic, arty intrigue of Andy Warhol and the media manipulation and mastery of Madonna.
Gaga is an all-stuff and no-fluff diva when it comes to her dressing room demands. The singer doesn’t need fancy things or luxurious items to make her feel special, but her über specific catering requests show that Gaga is totally a diva. While on tour, this funky lady’s must-have-munchies include peanut butter and jelly, tuna packets, “non-sweaty and non-stinky” cheese and two servings of Yves Veggie Dogs poked with picks.
Glitzy glamour-puss, Katy Perry, dazzles audiences with her colorfully kooky style. Her playfully bright and bubbly fashion sense crosses over into her backstage dressing room demands.
Her tour rider requests a dressing room draped in pink with futuristic furnishings like egg chairs, a clear acrylic coffee table and a refrigerator with a glass door. Katie’s all about the details as she requires pink, purple and white flowers as well as French ornate floor lamps for that Marie Antoinette in outer space feel. Perry’s most peculiar diva demand is a box of Huggies Baby Nature Wipes.
It is no secret that Mariah Carey is a diva. Mimi expects the red carpet treatment everywhere she goes. From cat fights to outlandish public behavior, Mariah will do whatever it takes to get her way. What Mimi wants Mimi gets.
The five-time Grammy Award winning singer’s tour rider specifies that her private dressing room temperature stay at a consistent 75 degrees.
Mimi knows how to luxuriate. She also requires the soft lighting of a clip light or a lamp in her private bathroom and keeps it classy with her request for a bottle of Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon. She only wants Evian water in her room and specifically asks for stemmed water glasses and bendy straws.
With her big voice and spicy sex appeal, Christina Aguilera skyrocketed from Mouseketeer to mega-star. She is thought to be one of the greatest vocalists of all time and the status to pull off some serious diva demands.
Aguilera’s most notable rider request is to be lead to the venue by a police escort with the authority to get her a through a traffic jam. This super diva also requires that her dressing room snacks include Carnation Malt-Flavored Instant Breakfast and a container of Chocolate Nesquick. Chocolate malts? Still, the most bizarre item on her list of requisite dressing room munchies are Flintstone’s chewable vitamins.
Rihanna has the attitude and fierceness of a true diva. This exotic Barbadian-bombshell has dropped some of the most infectious songs to ever top the billboard charts and the hot tracks just keep comin’.
Rihanna’s dressing room demands are an indisputable diva design. She requires a long comfortable couch adorned with cheetah and leopard print throw pillows for her naps. Meow.
RiRi also demands a matching throw rug and requires that it be clean enough for her to walk barefoot on.
Janet Jackson’s diva status comes to her via her pop music pedigree and international fame. While she may not pack the punch of other famous divas, Janet’s demands are nothing short of royal treatment.
While on tour, Janet must have access to the services of a physician with a nurse as well as a chiropractor, a throat specialist and a masseuse at the venue or her hotel. Janet Jackson’s diva demands are offset by a thoughtful rider request to have all the left over food and stock from her shows delivered to the nearest food bank or homeless shelter. Not only does she think of those less fortunate but she also insists that large bins be set up to collect plastics and cans to be recycled.
She may be still be Jenny from the block but her dressing room demands are as diva as it gets. While on tour, J.Lo wants her dressing room to be a sublime and angelic space draped in white.
From furniture to flowers and even the candy, J.Lo demands a dressing room so pure and divine that almost all of the furnishings are white. Her catering requests reflect her Puerto Rican culture as she must also have tropical fruits like papaya, mango and guava fruit juices set out for her in her dressing room.
You gotta hand it to this down home Southern girl for staying true to her roots while keepin’ it diva. On tour, Britney wants her dressing room have an “apartment feel.” As for her backstage bites, Britney’s demands are very specific.
The singer must have her personal faves like Cool Ranch Doritos and Pop Tarts. The junkie munchies don’t stop there. Britney also requires boxes of Captain Crunch and Fruity Loops cereal and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Her catering list demands include a full breakfast spread of Belgian waffles with butter, whipped cream, strawberries, syrup and powdered sugar along with well-done egg whites and turkey bacon. For her post-performance snacks, Nicki must also have three twelve-piece buckets of spicy fried chicken that contain no thighs and have lots of wings.
Mary J. Blige
With a title like “Queen of Hop-Hop Soul”, its no wonder that Mary J. Blige’s diva demands are appropriately hardcore. This queen won’t tolerate any disturbance of her peaceful hotel accommodations. Her rider specifically states that if her presidential suite has a connecting room, that room must not be booked.
She is also adamant about keeping hotel staff from disrupting her stay with loud vacuums and even demands that the contact information for high level hotel management be provided for her. In her backstage dressing room, Mary wants Aveda candles, Cinnamon Fresh Mentos, a tub of vine licorice, lilacs, lilies and most importantly, a brand new toilet seat.