Promoters better bring their wallets. Outre hip-hopster Nicki Minaj allegedly barks out a list of backstage demands that will solidify her place alongside other lyrically inclined divas, like Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Aretha Franklin.
“Gimme spicy fried chicken… Now!” That’s an order Super Bowl organizers might want to take note of.
Nicki Minaj, who will perform onstage with Madonna and M.I.A. during Sunday’s Halftime Show, reportedly has quite a list of requirements in order to make her backstage stay as comfortable as possible. A copy of the “Did It on Em” hip-hopster’s backstage demands — referred to as a “rider” in Celeb-ville — has been revealed.
And yep, it’s safe to say the lady is a diva!
Starting with the usuals, Nicki likes flowers (two dozen pink or white roses), water and Halls Mentho-Lyptus Honey Lemon Throat Cough Drops. But the “Roman’s Revenge” hit-maker also demands candles that must smell like baked goods, a humidifier and three 12-piece buckets of spicy fried chicken — “no thighs, lots of wings.”
Food is apparently very important when you’re flying Air Nicki. The femcee requests various items for each meal of the day.
Ready for the list? Here we go…
For breakfast, Nicki must have scrambled eggs — only whites, “fried hard” and turkey bacon — also “fried hard.” Belgian waffles with syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, butter and strawberries on the side round out the course.
Nicki’s food list also includes dried cranberries, raw almonds, a fruit platter, a cheese platter and a deli tray. She’s a sucker for healthy veggies, like salad topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, green olives and Wish-Bone Light Italian dressing.
Bumble Bee tuna in water and wheat or low-fat crackers are acceptable as well.
How about drinks? Count ’em, 24 bottles of Dasani water (12 at room temperature, 12 on ice), Snapple, Red Bull, assorted fruit juices and Simply Lemonade.
Oh and don’t forget the three (yep, three) packs of chewing gum.
A few more sensible requests include contact lens solution with a case and two space heaters.
But the best demand by far has got to be the “set of fine silverware” off which Nicki can enjoy her backstage feed.
Because really darling, plastic forks just won’t do.
Nicki’s set off the “Diva Red Alert” before. In November, a New York spa employee claims the rapper ranted at her in “Full B***h Mode” after a waxing session got hairy.
“After I waxed her eyebrows and lip, she started screaming, ‘Who the f**k do you think you are? Look what you did to my d**n face! You think this s**t is worth $170?’ It’s a shame when you see a darling girl turn into a temperamental diva.”
An isolated incident, perhaps?
Despite her requirements, Nicki says beneath the blonde wig and (allegedly) padded bottom, she’s just like any other girl from Queens.
“When I’m at home it’s a way more introspective character and I think the person people see on stage is anything but,” Minaj says in the Feb./March issue of Wonderland Magazine. “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.”