Mary, Mary, Mary. Mary J. Blige does think of herself as an MVP. Concert riders are a window to an artists soul, and Mary J. Blige has one interesting soul. Ms. Blige’s dressing room must have a private toilet with a new toilet seat! Mary doesn’t want her ass to touch where someone’s ass has touched before. Amen to that!
Blige requires, among other things, six cans of “Schweeps Ginger Ale,” Aveda candles, and a tub of Red Vine licorice. Oh, and her ten bottles of water “absolutely, positively must be FIJI.” Blige is equally demanding when it comes to the rider her people forward to hotels, where she checks in as “Mrs. Jefferson.” In that separate document, Blige requires a presidential suite and asks that the hotel not rent a connecting room if there is one. She demands that her “Do Not Disturb” sign be honored by housekeeping personnel, and this is such an important point that it is driven home with 26 exclamation points. And forget about operating any vacuums or noisy equipment in the hallway outside Mrs. Jefferson’s suite. Blige & Co. even want to be apprised of any “construction or redecorating” occurring “in or near the hotel.” If such work forces them to decamp, “relocation…will be at expense of the hotel.” Of course.