7 Craziest Celebrity Demands
Staircase assistants, brand-new toilet seats...
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2014 1:29 PM CDT
In this photo provided by CBS, singer Lady Gaga preforms on stage at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.   (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab)

(Newser) – "Diva demands" sometimes seem like an escalating arms race; Radar rounds up 15 of the craziest demands from both female and male celebrities. A sampling:

  • Mariah Carey once reportedly demanded a "staircase assistant" before going on a British talk show. Another time, her concert rider got very specific, including a request for "eight tall, leafy plants" and a "three-seat couch" in a "plain color, no busy patterns."
  • Jennifer Lopez once allegedly showed up at a BBC interview with a 90-person entourage, and demanded nine dressing rooms.
  • Madonna reportedly brings her own furniture (as well as a 200-person entourage that includes a yoga instructor and an acupuncturist) along with her on tour, and insists the dressing room furniture be replaced with it.

  • Kanye West once reportedly insisted all the labels be removed from the water bottles he was going to drink out of before giving a speech at a Cannes festival.
  • Lady Gaga got sued by her ex-assistant in 2011, and the woman claimed Gaga insisted she sleep in the same bed ... and even change the DVD in Gaga's DVD player so the singer wouldn't have to walk across the room and do it herself.
  • Katy Perry's 2011 tour rider reportedly demanded that her drivers not ever talk to her or stare at her in the rearview mirror.
  • Mary J. Blige supposedly requires that dressing rooms on her tour include a toilet with a brand-new toilet seat.
Click for the complete list, including one star who allegedly refused to walk on the grass around her dressing room because it was too long.

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Jul 8, 2014 9:30 AM CDT
Mariah Carey,Jennifer Lopez,Madonna, Kanye West, Lady Gaga,Katy Perry,Mary J. Blige! WHO CARES!!! There ya go!!
Jul 7, 2014 9:00 PM CDT
Can we read a little more carefully please? Mary J. Blige didn't demand a new toilet, just a new toilet seat, and I agree, as celebrity demands go, that one's pretty tame. Bosda: I've read that it's also a way to make sure the contract is being read, in addition to being the litmus test as you said. If they squall about/concede to these things, you can feel fairly sure they read the other, possibly more important stuff deeper into the contract. As far as Kanye not wanting to appear like he was supporting a specific brand of water, how about sticking a new label OVER the old ones instead of removing them? You don't get much more labor-intensive than peeling labels off of bottles! But Kanye is a crank... that wouldn't even cross his mind. I rather like Lady Gaga but I have to admit, she has her eccentricities, and insisting her assistant sleep in the same bed sounds like one of them. A remote control DVD changer might work better? I start to think that these women (are men ever this demanding? I can think of a few who might be) just enjoy the reputation they get for being divas and I doubt they want these things any more than the rest of us would. Although, what was the rock group that demanded M&Ms with a certain colour sorted out??? That one I remember. ;-)
Jul 7, 2014 10:16 AM CDT
I recall Weird Al saying he was given instructions for sitting in the same row as Prince at AMAs. He was told no eye contact, I hope Weird Al waved to him.