News: Nicki Minaj's Concert Demands Exposed, Rapper Needs Thigh-less Chicken Wings
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 3:16PM
Young Money star Nicki Minaj is not likely to join a veggie-only diet any time soon as the rapper's backstage concert demands have emerged online showing she requires spicy fried chicken amongst other luxurious items.
A detailed list of Minaj's rider, or list of demands, hit the Internet this week.
The "Check It Out" rapper's backstage demands have been revealed and it seems the musician is happy to live up to her diva reputation. As well as the chicken - which she specifies must have "no thighs" and "lots of wings" - Nicki also asks for two dozen pink or white roses, two space heaters, one gallon of Simply Lemonade, 12 cans of Red Bull and scented candles. Food is apparently very important to the 29-year-old star and her crew as she requests different items for throughout the day, including scrambled egg whites, turkey bacon, toast, Belgian waffles, strawberries, assorted juices and a large fruit platter for breakfast and a deli tray with turkey breast meat, grilled chicken breast, whole Wheat bread or rolls, yellow mustard and other condiments (seasoned salt, hot sauce) and a large fruit platter with side of mango and one large cheese platter for after the concert. (The Province)
In a new Wonderland magazine feature, Nicki opens up on separating her on-stage/off-stage personas.
Despite her excessive requirements, Minaj says she isn't a diva offstage and insists she takes on a persona when she performs. She told the publication: "They're definitely two completely different people. Obviously what I would wear at home is not what I would wear up on stage and I think, when I'm at home it's a way more introspective character and I think the person people see on stage is anything but. I watch a lot of Judge Judy. And I watch a lot of Forensic Files. And I cook -- I cook spaghetti really, really good; I cook macaroni and cheese really, really good; I cook chicken really, really good." (The Star)
In summer 2010, Grammy-winning singer Rihanna's concert demands leaked online.
With the U.S. leg of Rihanna's 2010 world tour scheduled to kick off next month in Auburn, Washington, concert promoters are preparing to deal with the singer's very specific backstage demands. According to her tour rider, excerpted below, Rihanna (real name: Robin Fenty) is rather particular when it comes to candles, flowers, and seating in her dressing room. A six-foot couch needs to be "White, Cloth, Plush (No leather)" and "wide enough for her to stretch out on and sometime take a nap." Animal print throw pillows ("Cheetah, Leopard") cannot have sequins. Since Rihanna's arena digs are often locker rooms normally occupied by basketball and hockey players, the spaces need to be spruced up with "Icy Blue Chiffon" placed atop drapery and "Archipelago Black Forest Candles." The bathroom, of course, must be "spotless," and the toilet has to be deep cleaned before the star's arrival. Rihanna, 22, also requires a large throw rug (plush, with an animal print) in her dressing room. The rug, her rider notes, "must be CLEAN, as she will walk on it barefoot." Though perhaps shower slippers or flip-flops are advisable considering the sweaty occupants who normally fill these spaces. (The Smoking Gun)
A year prior, rap mogul Jay-Z's rider showed he liked to ball with gourmet and alcohol products.
The chart-topping performer did not get every perk requested in his concert rider, since the school does not provide artists with alcohol, tobacco, or $400,000 luxury vehicles. Jay-Z demands that promoters provide him with ground transportation while he is in town performing. Specifically, the rap star requires a late-model black Maybach (either the 57 or 62 model) with tinted windows. Carter's dressing room must be stocked with Sapporo beer, vodka, tequila, and two bottles of $300 Champagne and two bottles (at $200 apiece) of 2004 Sassicaia, which his rider helpfully describes as a "Red, Italian Wine from Bolgheri Region." Additionally, Carter requires "Good Quality" peanut butter and jelly, one martini shaker, 12 shot glasses, and a pack of Marlboro Lights. A marked-up copy of the Jay-Z rider, provided by the University of Arizona, includes the school's deletion of items it declined to provide the rapper. (The Smoking Gun)
Check out some recent Nicki Minaj footage below: