Laughable Backstage Celebrity Demands

Being a celebrity affords a person certain luxuries: expensive cars, designer clothes, and the ability to make backstage demands ahead of performances or appearances. And while stars making crazy, ego-hungry requests isn't exactly a new phenomenon, some A-listers take things to a whole new level, foregoing typical orders of candy and fruit and instead asking for — nay, expecting — absurd items in their dressing rooms that most people wouldn't even have in their homes. From custom-made French lamps to 20 international phone lines, these music icons listed some strange items on their must-have lists. And we have to wonder... what in the world were they thinking?

Below are several celebs who have made names for themselves not just with their work as artists but with their ridiculous requests. Keep reading to learn all about the bizarre things some of Hollywood's biggest names allegedly needed to have before and after a show.

Katy Perry

Channeling her best Miranda Priestley, Katy Perry allegedly included in her 2011 rider a whole list of specific demands about what kind of flowers were allowed—and not allowed—in her dressing room.

According to paperwork obtained by The Smoking Gun, Perry requested "White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies. OR if the above is not available selection of seasonal white flowers to include white orchids."

Sure, that sounds all well and fine, though perhaps a little difficult. That is, until you get to the last, random demand: "ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS," the rider read, with an underline for emphasis.

Okay, but...why? Actually, scratch that. We don't want to know.


When you've had a long and successful career like Cher's, you can get away with making a fancy request or two, and the "Believe" singer's alleged demands actually make sense. According to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, the Oscar and Grammy winner requested an entire room dedicated to housing her wigs on tour. It's called, obviously, the "Wig Room," according to the report. Honestly, we think anyone paying money to see Cher on tour should expect nothing less.


Madonna has become notorious for her alleged demands and diva-like behavior. However, the "Material Girl" singer allegedly took things one step too far during her MDNA tour in 2012. According to a report by InTouch magazine (via the Daily Mail), Madonna's list of demands included a 200-person entourage (yep) and "light-pink roses that have stems trimmed to precisely six inches." Perhaps funniest of all, Madonna supposedly demanded 20 international phone lines, as well. Because why not?

Mariah Carey

In 2009, the Daily Mail reported that uber-diva Mariah Carey requested that 20 white kittens and 100 white doves surround her during a Christmas tree lighting in London. She also wanted butterfly-shaped confetti and 80 security guards, among other wacky demands, according to the report (via the New York Daily News). None of this should surprise anyone who caught her infamous episode of MTV Cribs.

Trent Reznor

At one point in time, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor allegedly demanded two boxes of cornstarch in his dressing room after each performance. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reasoning behind this was because the celebrity wore tight leather pants on stage and the corn starch helped him pull them off. Considering we mostly wear pants from the Gap, we're going to give Reznor a free pass on this one.

Justin Bieber

Given his recent and, uh, unique string of behaviors, you may not be surprised by some of the alleged demands he made for a 2017 tour stop in India. Among his supposed list of must-haves, according to the Mirror: a jacuzzi backstage, two hotels for Bieber and his entourage, a redesigned suite "filled with antique furniture, Mogul art and purple carnations," and a private jet and helicopter on standby, should Bieber feel the urge to go and see the sights.

Bieber suddenly canceled his "Purpose" world tour about two months after the alleged report was published, so here's hoping he got to use that private chopper.

Kanye West

Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour fell apart on the heels of a reported breakdown, but when it was up and running, it was truly everything you'd come to expect from the eccentric rapper. Take, for example, a report from TMZ alleging that West had requested "two alcoholic machines" to be waiting for him backstage. What was kept in the machines, you ask? Well, according to the report, one was for "dispensing frozen Hennessy and Coke"; the other was kept with "frozen Grey Goose and lemonade." West is allegedly incredibly difficult to manage backstage, but c'mon, a frozen vodka lemonade sounds totally worth the pain.

Van Halen

Ever hear the story about Van Halen demanding that no brown M&Ms be allowed backstage? Well, despite the absurd nature of the tale, it actually turned out to be true, though for reasons you may not expect.

In a video posted to Vimeo in 2012 (via NPR), singer David Lee Roth explained that the diva-like request was added to the rider not because the band hated the look or taste of brown M&Ms, but as a way to confirm whether venues had actually read and understood the intense lighting requirements for its concerts. If brown M&Ms weren't there, the group knew the facility had read all the paperwork. If those brown candies were present, the band knew it had a problem—something potentially far worse than chocolate melting in your hand.


Considering he went through a bizarre fashion phase that involved oversized hats, one might expect Pharrell's backstage demands to be rather, you know, eccentric. Still, the world was caught by surprise when he told the Today show in 2014 that he requested a framed photo of astrophysicist Carl Sagan in his dressing room.

"I watched Cosmos as a child and I was always blown away by [Sagan's] mind and the way he thought," Pharrell said. "When I look at that picture I realize how lucky we all be on this planet and be able to do what we love to do every day. Seeing Carl's face reminds me of it."

Okay, whatever makes him happy.

Jack White

Looking to book Jack White for an upcoming concert? Well, you might have to contend with this tour rider, which reportedly contained not only a request for "fresh home-made guacamole" but an actual recipe for how to make it.

It's an insane demand, for sure, and yet, given the fact that The White Stripes' Elephant is one of the greatest records of the last 20 years, not to mention that guacamole might be the world's best dip ever, we can kind of understand where White is coming from.

Danielle 'Cash Me Outside' Bregoli

If you rose to fame thanks to a bizarre catchphrase you uttered on an episode of Dr. Phil, we wouldn't blame you for trying to milk every second of your 15 minutes of fame.

That appeared to be the strategy for Danielle "Cash Me Outside" Bregoli as she prepared to take her no-nonsense attitude out on tour. According to TMZ, Bregoli's tour rider listed a whole bunch of laugh-worthy demands, including: a 50-inch TV with Netflix and a DVD player so she could watch the subject-to-change House of Wax (the Paris Hilton version); four large Domino's pizzas; and five white tank tops that could be either Gildan or Fruit of the Loom brand but "absolutely" not Hanes.

Of course, you could try to supply her with white tank tops by Hanes, but would you really want to deal with the consequences?

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey's terrible, no good, very bad past couple of years hit another hiccup in May 2017 when Chicago blogger Robert Feder obtained a memo Harvey sent to his talk show's staff in Los Angeles. He basically told them to stay the you-know-what away from him backstage. "There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE. Do not come to my dressing room unless invited. Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED," Harvey wrote in the memo.

Harvey not only confirmed the memo but defended it under the guise of simply wanting more "me time" during the day. "I'm in my makeup chair, they walk in the room. I'm having lunch, they walk in, they don't knock. I'm in the hallway, I'm getting ambushed by people with friends that come to the show and having me sign this and do this. I just said, 'Wait a minute,'" he told Entertainment Tonight. "And in hindsight, I probably should've handled it a little bit differently."

You think?

Barbra Streisand

Rumors that Barbra Streisand is a diva have dogged this songstress for decades. However, few rumors are as wild as this 2017 report from the Daily Mail, which alleged that the Funny Girl legend asked the staff of a hotel just outside London to observe Los Angeles time to help Streisand get over her jet lag. Yep, that would mean that she allegedly "enjoyed breakfast at 4pm, lunch at about 9pm, followed by spa treatments, then had dinner delivered to her luxury suite at 2am."

The report also claimed Streisand asked the hotel to "provide a hand-made box filled with freshly cut turf so her dog Samantha...could go to the [bathroom] on the balcony outside her room" and to also provide "bespoke wooden stairs to help Samantha climb up to her multi-millionaire owner's bed."

Of course, the experience of hosting an icon like Streisand came with its perks. According to one staffer, "There was one day when Barbra was in the Jacuzzi and she broke into song. It was wonderful. Whatever people want, they can ask for. We do the best we can because it's important."

Mary J. Blige

Listen: nobody wants to deal with a messy bathroom. However, some of the demands featured in one of Mary J. Blige's alleged tour riders take cleanliness to a whole new level. In documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, Blige's dressing room reportedly had to have a private and brand new toilet seat.

Of course, this now has us thinking about every hotel we've ever stayed at and the millions of people who stayed there before we did. Maybe she's onto something.

Kandi Burruss

The ladies of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise are known for creating a whole lot of drama, so learning that Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta has her own rider sounds about right.

But having read the contents of this thing, we can't help but alternate between laughing and rolling your eyes. According to TMZ, not only did Burruss demand a new toilet seat, the celebrity even wanted hers "installed under the supervision of the road manager or an assistant." And get this: the paperwork also requested fried chicken from Popeyes. "Please do not substitute for KFC or Churches," the contract read. "We know the difference."

To which we say: respect!