Madonna’s Historic Free Concert in Brazil Attracts 1.6 Million People

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

Madonna broke countless records throughout her four-decades-long career, and she’s showing no signs of stopping. She wrapped up The Celebration Tour with a free concert in Brazil, which made history as the largest concert by a standalone artist after attracting 1.6 million people.

The Queen of Pop kicked off her career-spanning The Celebration Tour in October last year, and she wanted to wrap it up in style. She announced a free gig taking place at the iconic Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and described it as “an unforgettable concert in one of the world’s most beautiful settings.”

She decided to make the tickets 100% free 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.” This strategy certainly worked, and the last act of The Celebration Tour was one to remember.

Anitta and Pabllo Vittar joined Madonna on stage in Rio de Janeiro, where she performed some of her biggest hits in front of 1.6 million people. This concert broke a major attendance record and became the largest concert by a standalone artist, even though Copacabana Beach attracted ever bigger crowds during past New Year’s Eve events.