The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have officially begun with Friday’s (Aug. 5) Opening Ceremony.
From an artistic retelling of Brazil’s history, the good, the bad and the ugly, to five-time Olympian Michael Phelps triumphantly carrying the American flag during the parade of nations (for the first time!), the Rio Olympics got off to a memorable start.
Of course, patriotic pomp and circumstance goes hand-in-hand with music, so below, we’ve summed up the musical highlights from the Opening Carnival.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and an old classic
The night’s first massive cheer was when “The Girl From Ipanema” began playing and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen strutted down the catwalk to the bossa nova classic.
Paulinho da Viola performs Brazilian National Anthem
The 73-year-old samba singer/songwriter performed a beautifully stripped-down version of Brazil’s national anthem, with his gentle singing voice and acoustic guitar which got the whole arena’s attention.
Grouplove Gets Love From NBC
Leading into the opening ceremony, NBC kicked things off with an introductory package set to Grouplove’s “Ways to Go,” the lead single from 2013’s Spreading Rumours. Grouplove’s fabulous performance kept the momentum going after the performances of Paulihno da Viola, and Gisele Bundchen.
Cody Simpson Carries the Torch
The Australian singer/songwriter wasn’t the only musical torch-bearer leading up to the Opening Ceremony. The Girl From Ipanema herself, Helô Pinheiro, 71, the inspiration behind the 1960s song, carried the torch on the relay’s final day.
The Opening ceremony of Rio 2016, was sort of magical. It was a exotic carnival, which had heart touching music events, heavenly Performances ( on which you’re gonna drool over ) and most importantly, It brought the world together.