In the run-up to the concert, the city had been buzzing, with fans lined up outside the stately Copacabana Palace hotel in hope of catching a glimpse of the star.

The city’s airport fielded an estimated 170 extra flights as fans poured in from around the world and approximately 1.6 million people turned up for the concert, some watching from brightly lit apartments or hotels overlooking the beach, while others looked on from motorboats and sailboats anchored nearby.