Madonna Breaks Attendance Record With Free Concert in Brazil

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

Madonna’s The Celebration Tour was one for the books, and she knocked her fans off their feet with its final concert. 1.6 million people showed up for Madonna’s free concert in Rio de Janeiro, helping her set the attendance record for the largest concert by a standalone artist.

Madonna announced this concert back in late March, and promised it would be her biggest gig yet”. She also said it would 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.”

The free concert in Brazil on May 4 marked the final gig of her career-spanning The Celebration Tour, which featured 81 shows across Europe and North America from October to May. Expectations were running high, and the Queen of Pop managed to live up to them, dazzling the crowd at the iconic Copacabana Beach with her biggest hits, while also bringing out several special guests, including Anitta and Pabllo Vittar.

City officials claim Madonna’s concert attracted 1.6 million people, making history along the way. Even though Copacabana Beach welcomed bigger crowds during annual New Year’s Eve events, this marks the largest crowd to ever attend a concert by a standalone artist.