Madonna Makes History with Free Concert in Rio de Janeiro

Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2018
Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2018. Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9795341at)

People go wild every time Madonna hits the stage, but her fans in Brazil took things to a whole new level. 1.6 million people showed up for Madonna’s free concert at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, helping her set the record for the largest standalone concert in history.

Madonna’s career-spanning The Celebration Tour took her all around the world since October, and she decided to wrap it up in style in Rio de Janeiro.

“The event will be her biggest gig yet, an unforgettable concert in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. The show will be free of charge as a thank you to her fans for celebrating more than four decades of her music over the course of the epic global run of the tour,” announced Madonna back in late March.

The free concert took place in front of the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel on May 4 and exceeded everyone’s expectations. 1.6 million people showed up to watch the Queen of Pop perform her biggest hits with guests Anitta and Pabllo Vittar, helping her make history along the way.

Even though Copacabana Beach attracted bigger crowds during past New Year’s Eve events, Madonna’s performance was still one for the books, and it made history as the largest concert ever held by a standalone artist.