Beyonce and the $900 titanium straw


It's well-known that touring artists often have very specific requirements for food, etc. in their touring contracts. And it's kind of fun to read them, if for nothing more than realizing what a fantasy world must be like. So when the Daily Meal published Beyonce's touring contract requirements, we paused to look them over.

Essentially, as far as food goes, the requirements weren't outlandish - nothing like Van Halen's famous requirement for M&Ms with all the brown ones carefully removed. But one of Beyonce's requirements  - for a titanium straw - did pique our curiousity. According to the report,  "the singer 'forked out $900 for titanium straws, which will be used to drink a special alkaline water that's served at exactly 21 degrees.' She also requires a hand-carved ice ball to suck on after every performance to cool her throat (which makes perfect sense to us), while asking for glass platters of almonds, oatcakes, and green-only crudites. As for junk food? It's apparently all been banned."

So what is a titanium straw and why require one? According to ThinkGeek,

"We have three or more reasons why you need a Titanium Straw. First, titanium is tasteless and odorless, which means it won't affect your beverage's taste. Also, it has very low thermal conductivity, which means your Titanium Straw will resist getting too cold or too hot (depending on your beverage of choice). Titanium is also super strong and light weight, which means you can stab it right into the fruit (or person, if you're a vampire) you wish to drink. We tried it with oranges and grapefruits and it worked well, however we don't recommend trying watermelons or rocks. Finally, you need a Titanium Straw because it is awesome. And you are awesome, too - the perfect match!"

One peculiarity, however, is that, although it's out of stock, ThinkGeek is selling their titanium straws for under $20. So what makes for a $900 titanium straw? Maybe because it must have been hand made - in fact, we couldn't find one for sale and in stock anywhere online. So if you strive to be as "awesome" as Beyonce, and have a little excess titanium lying around, here's a way to do it.


  • Alger  on  5/2/2013 at 5:22 PM

    Might one suggest, that since other reports say "$900 worth of titanium straws" that she wanted let's say 50 of them around for herself and others to use during the tour, rather than making the mistake of thinking this was a request for 0ne $900 straw...after all you point out that the straws sell for under $20 (one site had them for $15)?

  • kaine demerchant  on  7/23/2013 at 1:50 PM

    i was front row at the mrs carter show world tour and i watched Beyonce drink from a gatorade bottle using a normal see through plastic straw.

  • James H  on  10/18/2013 at 8:02 PM

    Make sure to get your Titanium Straws from Strength22

  • stevelark73  on  11/16/2014 at 3:18 AM

    Tisurvival makes titanium straws and they can be custom ordered. They would go through a watermelon quite easily too.

  • absnews  on  1/31/2015 at 9:39 AM

    She may be on to something, Titanium really is the ultimate food and beverage material...

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