WATCH: Madonna’s free concert in Rio attracts more than 1.6 million people

Singer Madonna wrapped up her Celebration Tour with a free concert at the Copacabana Beach in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, drawing an estimated 1.6 million fans, according to Deadline.

Singer Madonna at the Copacabana Beach concert. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal
Madonna at the Copacabana Beach concert. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal

The concert marked the conclusion of her retrospective tour, celebrating her four decades in pop music, which she has been touring globally since October last year.

Madonna kicked off the show with her 1998 hit “Nothing Really Matters” and delighted fans with performances of her classic hits like “Like a Virgin,” “Hung Up,” and “Like a Prayer.”

Brazilian artists Anitta and Pabllo Vittar also joined her on stage for special appearances. She also took to social media, and shared a video of the grand concert night, and expressed, “Blame it on Rio 🇧🇷 Thank You Brazil!!.”

According to Rio’s tourism agency, approximately 1.6 million attendees gathered on the famous city beach for the concert, which has hosted major events in the past.

In 2006, the Rolling Stones performed for 1.2 million fans at the same venue, while Rod Stewart set a record for the biggest free rock concert in history in 1994, attracting 4 million people (though some may have been drawn by the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display). Madonna’s previous largest live concert audience was 130,000 fans in Paris in 1987.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected to India)