On Saturday night, Madonna performed a free concert on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana beach, attracting a massive crowd of over 1.6 million fans. The concert marked the final stop on her Celebration Tour, which celebrated her 40 years in the music industry.

“Rio, here we are in the most beautiful place in the world,” Madonna declared as the performance began. The 65-year-old pop idol impressed the audience with multiple set and costume changes, light displays, and performances of her greatest hits, including “Nothing Really Matters,” “Like a Prayer,” and “Vogue.” She was joined on stage by Brazilian singer Anitta at one point.

@dudutourrj Momento em que a diva do pop estava brilhando nas areias de Copacabana ! 🤩 #show #madonna #praia #copacabana #copacabanapalace #publico #palco #multidão ♬ Like A Prayer (7″ Remix Edit) [2022 Remaster] – Madonna

The concert was a historic event, with giant screens set up along the beach to ensure that the largely Brazilian crowd could see the performance. Some fans watched from apartments, hotels, or boats, while others danced along to Madonna’s songs played from speakers on the stage hours before her arrival.

The neighbourhood was filled with excitement ahead of the concert, with T-shirts, souvenirs, and billboards featuring Madonna’s face. A large police presence was also on hand to ensure the safety of all attendees.

Madonna has had an illustrious career, with 71 hits, including 13 number one singles, since bursting onto the UK charts with “Holiday” in 1984. Her energetic performances have been a hallmark of her tour, which consisted of 80 shows across Europe and North America.

The Rio concert was a fitting finale to her tour, showcasing her enduring popularity and dedication to her craft.