In mid-November Kacey Musgraves took an airplane trip to England to perform in the annual Christmas show, The Royal Variety Performance. She was a single Texan among acts to include the legendary Elton John, Kylie Minogue, and the hottest boy-band on Earth, One Direction.

But according to The Telegraph, Kacey shined brighter than them all:

Sun-glasses were required as the up-and-coming country star arrived in a blinding custard gown. The dress was a tip-off as to her choice of material: a strummed version of Coldplay's Yellow. This furnished viewers with the answer to a question that has long vexed scientists : what would Coldplay sound like with all the annoying Chris Martin-isms removed?

Through the evening, many performers had turned up with gimmicks – Brandon Flowers's glow-in-the-dark blazer, an underwhelming Cirque Du Soleil's giant cocktail glass diving pool.

Fright-frock aside, the classily-understated Musgraves was here to remind us of that old show-business maxim that less is often more.

If, like me, you have no idea what The Royal Variety Performance is - according to its Wikipedia page "a gala evening held annually in the United Kingdom, which is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family, usually the reigning monarch. The reigning monarch either attends in person or is represented by another member of the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales have alternately attended the performance for the last few years." Impressive.