Everyone fantasizes about being a celebrity at some point or another. Flying around the world in first class, indulging your creative side — even if that means wearing a meat dress — can be a pretty good life, right? One of the most well-known perks of being a celebrity is being able to order whatever snacks might strike your fancy and have them delivered backstage or to your trailer.
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Lauren Saks Merriman, CEO and founder of Black Book Music Group, LLC, explained that it’s not always about making outrageous demands. “No matter what level of artist you are working with, there are always going to be requests,” she said. “I don’t really see artists as being high maintenance. Think about it this way: When you’re traveling or away from home for any extended period of time, you typically still want all the comforts of home, and then some artists, just like everyone else, like to surround themselves with familiar things and favorite amenities.” And for pop singer Adele, that means imported beer only, whereas Jerry Springer has to have his Starbucks.
Saks Merriman reasons that these kinds of luxuries are deserved when the artists are spending half their lives performing for the enjoyment of others and the other half practically living on a bus or a plane. Add to that the pressures of living in a fishbowl, whether the constant dodging of paparazzi or being dissected by the media for every pound gained or mistaken fashion choice, and it makes Selena Gomez’s barring of Wonder bread a little more palatable. “No matter what it is that one does for a living,” Saks Merriman says, “a huge part of it is to please your clients and make them feel comfortable.”
Hopefully these artists are in fact pleased, after indulging in everything from crab legs to filet mignon and down to a “VERY tasty and delicious” brown mustard. We found 10 of the funniest, most outrageous, and most reasonable requests (because let’s face it, that’s weird in and of itself) on The Smoking Gun, which publishes public documents and mug shots.
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