Nicki Minaj's Rider Not as Charming as Adele's
By Mike Berlin
It seems like yesterday (or two months ago) that we were discussing the charitable and charming demands of Adele's tour rider. (Again, we so feel you on keeping Chardonnay out of the mix.)
Let's start with the fluids: 24 bottles of Dasani water bottles—12 at room temperature, 12 on ice; Snapple, Red Bull, assorted fruit juices, Simply Lemonade.
Now, onto some snacks: dried cranberries, raw almonds, salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, green olives, Wishbone Light Italian dressing, Bumble Bee tuna in water. (Do you think it's all mixed in a bowl together? How dank would that be?)
Onto more snax: "Lots of wings" in the three 12-piece buckets of "spicy" meat—"no thighs" allowed.
OK, you know what? Perhaps this tour rider doesn't have a mandatory $20 donation to charity for all guests, but I'm sort of on board with Minaj. If you're going to request fried chicken, why not be specific? This list isn't really full of "over-the-top diva demands," as US puts it. Regardless, let's lower the bar for exposed celebrity tour riders. I mean, I'm not saying that if, somehow, my SeamlessWeb records were released to the public, they wouldn't be so different from Minaj's list... I'm just saying that the spicy meat can be better, and I LOATHE thighs like a certain pop star LOATHES hydrangeas. That's all.