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 rounded up some musical highlights from the Opening
Gisele Bundchen Is the New ‘Girl From Ipanema’
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. She wore a sparkling gown by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch — in gold, of course.
Gisele Is Also a Dancing Queen
The model was clearly overcome with patriotic pride, leaving the solo catwalk to join her fellow countrymen on the dance floor, in the night’s most GIF-able moment.
Paulinho da Viola Strips Down 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 demanding the 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. If NBC keeps using the upbeat song — which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs chart and never hit the Billboard Hot 100 — could it be this year’s breakout Olympics hit, à la Phillip Phillips‘ “Home” in 2012?
Rachel Platten Is on Nationwide’s Side
The “Fight Song” singer/songwriter is showing the softer side of insurance company Nationwide in a new ad campaign, which also features country superstar Brad Paisley. Platten’s spot made its TV debut during the Opening Ceremony.
Cody Simpson Carries the Torch
The Australian singer/songwriter (in the photos above and below) 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.