With attendance estimates tipping 800,000, expectations for last night’s Concert for Valor were high to say the least. But whatever the turnout, HBO, Chase Bank and Starbucks put on one hell of a show.
As is the case with almost any DC event, the night began with politics. Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the crowd and viewers at home with a somewhat awkward appeal for DC statehood. Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, however, got things on track with a great opening performance. From the very funny hosts Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Jack Black, John Oliver and Bryan Cranston, to the awesome musicians The Zach Brown Band, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carie Underwood, The Black Keys, Eminem and Rihanna, the star-studded lineup did not disappoint.
The event was not without controversy, however. From Eminem’s slew of F-bombs to a rendition of Creedence Clearwater’s anti-war “Fortunate Son” sung by Springsteen, Grohl, and The Zach Brown Band — the internet had plenty of material to blow out of proportion.
My fav buzzy topic had to be Rihanna’s attempts at patriotism. As you may recall, during the World Cup this past summer, the pop star was deliberately rooting for any team the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team was playing against, tweeting out ”Lets go Portugal; Lets go Germany” during matches in which they were playing the US. Despite her trolling and questionable soccer loyalties, Rihanna kinda killed it with her performance last night, so it’s hard to stay mad.
Overall, the concert seemed to be a huge success.