Celebrities are used to getting everything they want handed to them on a silver platter. Sometimes, they get so specific about what they must have, they end with some pretty strange riders. A rider is a set of demands or requests that a performer sets as criteria for a performance. Van Halen’s request for a bowl of M&M’s with all of the brown M&M’s removed is one of the most famous demands from a rider. The might sound like a very strange request to you (and it is), but group has said that the only reason this request was made was to make sure promoters know how serious to take their requests. It’s safe to assume that important aspects of the performance such as staging, lighting, and security were also ignored by promoters if they got to their green room and there was bowl with brown M&M’s in it. Not every celebrity has the same concerns as Van Halen. Many of them just have outrageous requests simply because they’re complete divas.
These celebrities have long riders that are filled with very strange requests and just as hilarious as they are shocking. What’s even funnier than some of their demands is the things that they ban completely, such as Beyoncé banning Coke products from her dressing room.
You’ll be surprised when you find out which famous singer banned his ex’s from being played anywhere near his green room! Here are 15 celebrities with crazy backstage demands.
1. No Coke For Beyoncé!
According to Beyoncé’s contract with Pepsi, she can’t be photographed or seen with any of Coca-Cola’s products so it’s a must that her green room is only stocked with Pepsi products, but she’s allowed to have Snapple products.
Blue Ivy, Beyoncé’s daughter, has a rider of her own that includes her drink of choice, which is organic whole milk.
In addition to only having Pepsi products, Beyoncé also requires spinach, green beans, steamed broccoli, and a baked chicken that according to her rider, should be, “HEAVILY SEASONED!!” with “fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper”.
It’s also very important that her green room has rose scented candles, lemon wedges, a CD player, and tea served in a brand new teapot. Beyoncé might be one of the biggest divas in the business, but her requests are pretty tame compared to some other stars.