If you don’t act like a diva at least once, are you truly a musician? You are entitled to at least one out of this world request or a lashing out when you are in the music world. It is embedded in your genes to do so.
When an artist performs one of these outlandish actions should we be surprised? No, we should have predicted it because it is common nature. There are some artists who do no succumb to such behavior but those are few and far between. This list is a compilation of the best diva moments from musical artists.
We’ll start the list off with one-half of The Throne. Jay Z is probably one of the biggest rap stars to ever touch a mic and with that, you get to a level of entitlement. Nothing says diva more than wild demands when you stay at a hotel. And Jay’s demands are a bit crazy
Apparently, when he stays at a hotel he only wants the temperature to be set 71 degrees in his room. He also requires that the hotel stock his room with three $80 Mayan tuberose-scented candles. His last strange request is that you do not vacuum near his room!
Justin Bieber has had a long history of doing questionable things that don’t do well for his image. There was that time he spits on fans from a balcony — who could forget that? This diva moment of his was not as gross as that but it again makes question his character. At least he’s a good entertainer, right?
This incident involved him performing live and an interaction with the fans. While he was performing one of his hit songs, the fans did not clap on beat and this threw him over the edge. “At least clap on the right notes. Come on guys, stop, stop, stop, stop!” he yelled. Maybe they didn’t have any rhythm, Bieber.
Queen Diva Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey outdid herself with this one. What was supposed to be a simple task of turning on Christmas lights at a shopping mall, Carey turned into something else. She wanted to make a grand entrance so one of her requests was to be brought in a Rolls-Royce on a pink carpet.
That was only the start. She also wanted 20 white kittens and 100 white doves to surround her as she turned on the lights. That was denied due to safety issues. A source said, “in the end, it was made clear that due to health and safety, there was no way we could have the animals at Westfield.”
Jenny from the Block
“Jenny from the block” demands a lot. According to Perez Hilton, her requests have gone through the roof the more her career goes on. Can you really deny her? Even if the demands were something like a custom-fitted ferry? What exactly is a custom-fitted ferry you ask? Here were the specifics of what she wanted.
She wanted it to come with a champagne fridge, faux leather seats… and do not forget the diamond-encrusted headphones. This was all just to transport her from Cannes to Monaco. She didn’t want it any other time? Oh yeah, she made this demand while at the American Music Awards. What a time to be thinking about your ferry.
Mr. West is in the Building
Kanye West is the one-man wrecking crew. He has a reputation for always speaking his mind. He does so in his music and on live television. You read how the other half of The Throne likes to have his hotel setup, but Kanye took his diva attributes to a new level with this stunt.
At the MTV Europe Music Awards Kanye had won Best Hip Hop artist, but that was not enough for him. He thought he should have won best video as well for his video “Touch the Sky”. He said, it “cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons.” Then added in, “If I don’t win, the awards show loses credibility.”
Miley Cyrus with the Comeback!
A diva isn’t a diva without snarky remarks. Well, many of these remarks come from Miley Cyrus as she takes shots at Katy Perry and her ex-man. The story is that one time, Perry went to give Miley a friendly girly kiss but Miley wanted to slide in some tongue as well! Perry wasn’t amused and pulled her head away.
In an interview, Perry revealed that she pulled her head away because she doesn’t know where Miley’s tongue had been. Miley went on Twitter and pretty much questioned why she was with her ex if she is so concerned about where tongues have been!
Gaga and her Unusual Demands
This is something you could probably only expect from Lady Gaga. If you heard anybody else making requests like this you might just think it was a big joke or a rumor. When you’re dealing with Gaga, the same person who wore a meat covered outfit to perform in, anything is possible.
During her Monster’s Ball tour in 2010, she had a slew of interesting requests. She wanted almost every cheese there is, some Jameson whiskey, posters of David Bowie and Elton John, and probably the most obscure request: a mannequin with puffy pubic hair. She wanted all of this stuff surrounding her.
Celine Dion is extremely high maintenance when it comes to traveling conditions. The singer’s list of wants when it comes to performing and traveling is quite steep, but we are sure they are for good reason. Temperature matters and parking matters, but the type of potato chips might matter the most to her.
Sources reveal that her room needs to be “73 degrees…and that parking arrangements be made for her 20 tractor trailers, 10 buses, 3 stretch limousines and 2 staff minivans.” She also only wants crinkle-free chips and to be on stage with 20-24 choir members between the age of seven and 12.
When Divas Can’t Mesh
Mariah Carey comes back on the list, but this time with some help from another diva. The former judge on American Idol came on board with the show thinking she was going to be the third and last judge, boy was she wrong. Nicki Minaj was added as the 4th judge and things became hectic.
“It was like hell … going to work every day in hell with Satan,” Carey said. From the start, the two just didn’t get along. Minaj wrote on Twitter asking “why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter.” Maybe this was a pride thing, that had the legend being territorial with the up-and-coming star so they had to see who had the most diva in them.
Christina Aguilera took diva to the next level while she was on The Voice. Sources from the show say that she mandated a foot massage every 30 minutes, demanded that she watched the playback of all the scenes, kept the crew waiting for a maximum of two hours and wanted to re-shoot scenes if she thought she looked big.
That is a hefty number of demands for someone already making $225,000 per hour! When the show premiered she wanted police escorts because she did not want to sit in traffic wasting her time. Who would have thought she would be so high maintenance?
She used to be the queen of pop in her heyday. Madonna, once a man’s fantasy, is now just second fiddle to today’s superstars. Just like today’s superstars, she had her moments and demands. Have you ever met a germaphobe? Well, Madonna epitomized that word with what she wanted to be done for her.
Not only did she ask for new toilet seats in each dressing room she had to go into, once she used them they were destroyed! On her MDNA tour, she called in a sterilization team to tidy up her dressing room after every one of her performances. And don’t even think about taking a glance at the dressing room — she banned anyone from looking at it once it was all ready.
Diana Doesn’t Like Rules!
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for Diana Ross and apparently rules don’t mean a thing to her either. Diana revealed her diva ways when she visited a Beverly Hills restaurant. Certainly, we have all encountered the rule at restaurants where you cannot sit at a table until all of your guests arrive, but Diana didn’t want that and she stormed right to a booth and had a seat.
Management said they would not serve her if she did not get up but she still didn’t get up. Once her last guest came, who happened to be her daughter, the two made a huge fuss and ended up leaving angrily.
The further down the list goes the more obscene these diva demands and antics become. Just when you thought you heard enough about Katy Perry she strikes again. Her demands are similar to Lady Gaga’s but with a few differences. We’ve seen Perry rock different hair styles, but she needs a Pantone palette of hair choices at every moment just in case she wants to change her hair color.
Her drivers are not even permitted to look at the backseat through the rearview mirror. When she was on tour in Australia, she insisted that her dressing room was covered in cream or soft pink and that she had two ornate French floor lamps.
One of the original divas, Barbra Streisand is well-seasoned when it comes to this category. One time she gave a hotel a list of outrageous demands that said no oysters were ever allowed in her room and every inch of the floor needed to be carpeted.
That isn’t that bad you may think but another demand was that her bed is propped up to a certain degree off the ground. And if the hotel couldn’t do that then she would get a personal engineer to accomplish it for her. Have you ever known anyone to have a personal engineer ready to handle things for someone on a whim?
Heartbreak is a very draining to deal with. It weighs heavy on the mind as well as the heart and Selena Gomez is no different then the rest of us when she’s feeling blue. The diva moment came when she was shooting a commercial for Adidas back in 2014. She was fresh off a breakup with one Justin Bieber and things got heavy on set.
She had reportedly restricted anyone from using the name Justin while she was on set. Being that Justin is quite the common name, a few people working on the shoot had to go by a different name while shooting the commercial. Selena just was not having it.
Queen Bey subtly slays Rihanna… Ouch
Queen Bey is the queen for a reason. Queen’s handle business in a different manner than others. Now let’s set the scene. Have you seen Rihanna and Bey around each other a lot? It would make sense because Bey is married to Jay Z and Rihanna is on Jay Z’s label but the two are hardly seen with each other.
In an interview, Bey was asked about a rivalry with Rihanna because Rihanna too has a heavy fanbase. Bey said, “I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else.” This means she was implying Rihanna has none of those qualities. A queenish diva response indeed.
Britney Spears wanted $15 million to be on the second season of X Factor as a judge. That is not completely out the stratosphere of diva demands. When you add to it the rest of her demands for her backstage essentials then maybe it starts to get somewhat egregious.
For starters, she wanted 12 Snickers, 10 pieces of chicken, 10 snack-sized bags of Doritos, four pints of potato salad and a 24-pack of Diet Coke every week so she and her team could indulge themselves! Oh, and she also wanted a personal manicurist and a massage therapist to be on her team.
Rihanna Throws a Fit and Money!
Rihanna, or as she likes to call herself “Badgalriri”, has some Caribbean zest to her. The good girl gone bad is not one to mess with these days and backstage at the BET Awards she proved that to the President of Programming of BET. Moments before she was to go onstage to introduce her new music video she had a stack of money in her hand that she was prepared to toss into the crowd.
The President did not like the idea and told her she could not do it, so naturally Rihanna just threw the stack of money directly at his face. It was still in tied up in the rubber band so from point blank range, that may have hurt a bit.
Living the High Life
This diva just can’t stay off our list! Mariah Carey appeared at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest in Times Square in 2016. Her set was a complete disaster. Carey bombed her way through a lip syncing routine, at one point giving up completely to complain that she couldn’t hear the music. She later accused the show’s production team of sabotaging her performance for the ratings it would garner.
Just days before the performance, it was revealed that Ms. Carey had been spotted purchasing some high-quality marijuana at an Aspen pot dispensary. The stuff sells for $400 an ounce. Wonder if her indulgence helped lead to the NYE meltdown?
Wrapping things up you can notice a common theme. If it was not a crazy antic then one of the people on this had some crazy demands that normal people probably would not even think of. Petty remarks and feuds between two divas are a given because sometimes it is hard to bite your tongue when you feel you are the top diva.
You also see, being a diva is not an all inclusive to men, not just women. Kanye West and Justin Bieber have a history of diva antics but who would have thought Jay Z as well. These are just the actions that are reported so they probably have way more hidden moments!