World Cup Madness: Celebrities Who Love Rio

J. Lo, Rihanna and more who can't get enough of Brazil.


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Gotta Love Rio! - With the start of the World Cup this week, the eyes of the world are on this year's host nation, Brazil. The party capital of the country, Rio de Janeiro, has long been a favorite of celebrities for vacationing and promoting new projects. Here are just some stars who heart Rio... (Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


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Jennifer Lopez - Even before being given the honor of opening this year's World Cup with a showstopping performance (along with Pitbull), Jennifer Lopez has a long history of showing love to Rio. The singer always makes sure to include the city in her tour dates and even attended Carnaval as an honor guest in 2012. (Photo: Manuel Munoz, PacificCoastNews)


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Rihanna - With its relaxed attitude toward showing skin, Rihanna has always felt right at home in Rio. The scandalous pop star is frequently spotted lounging on the beach in Ipanema, dressing up for Carnaval and — once — even attending church in Rio. RiRi even graced the cover of Vogue Brazil earlier this year, looking like a true brasiliera.(Photo: JP Yim/Getty Images)

Brazil Is Calling - Instead of attending the 2013 Grammy Awards, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian headed on down to Brazil right before the annual Mardi Gras celebration.  (Photo: Honopix,

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West - Kimye took in the sights of Rio on their babymoon last February, looking adorably like regular camera-toting tourists while they vacationed in the culture-rich city. The couple visited a favela, took in the views from the Corcovado mountain and even partied at Carnaval during their stay.(Photo: Honopix,


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Laz Alonso - The Jumping the Broom hottie got a chance to mix business with pleasure in Rio last year. As the travel ambassador for American Airlines' BlackAtlas program, Laz got to soak up the best of the city and share his experiences via blog and video diary. Not a bad gig!(Photo: Loz Alonso via Instagram)


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Diddy - For someone who has experienced the best of everything around the world, Diddy choosing Rio as the destination for a romatic vacay with his on-off love Kim Porter is making a statement. While that 2009 vacation was all about the R&R, Diddy has certainly done his share of partying in the city: previous trips included shaking his groove thing during Carnaval and hitting up some of the city's most popular clubs. (Photo: FameFlynet)


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Justin Timberlake - We all know JT is a fan of the sexy señoritas, and the eye candy was plentiful when the pop star brought down the house at the Rock in Rio Festival last September. Even though his heart belongs to wife Jessica Biel, we can hardly blame him for admiring the — ahem — beautiful views in Brazil.(Photo: Honopix,


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Madonna - Looks like Madge moved on from her obesssion with la isla bonita to the sun-kissed shores of Rio. In 2010, the pop icon began dating Brazilian fashion model Jesus Luz, about three decades her junior, and the couple spent ample time frolicking in Luz's hometown. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga - After Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York City, Lady Gaga donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help relief efforts in her hometown.  (Photo: Honopix,

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Lady Gaga - Not one to play her set and run, Gaga spent several days in Rio following her 2012 tour stop. During her stay, she visited a favela and even played fútbol with local kids. Wonder if she took off her platform heels for that?(Photo: Honopix,


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Shakira - The Colombian singer was given the ultimate honor by Brazil when she was commissioned to write the official song of Fifa World Cup 2014. (Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)


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Beyoncé - Despite getting off to a rocky start on her 2013 trip to Rio, after a crazed fan attempted to pull her off the stage during her Rock in Rio performance, Bey made the most of her time in Brazil by visiting a local public school and playing soccer with the students. She even rocked a traditional yellow-and-green jersey for the occasion!(Photo: via Tumblr)