Ellie Goulding, 32, had yet another mystifying performance in front of millions of people. On Thursday, the multi-platinum singer stepped foot on the AT&T Stadium during halftime at the Cowboys game against the Buffalo Bills.

While on stage, she sang her pop hits “Burn,” “Close to Me” and “Love Me Like You Do,” but what seemed to draw the most attention was not her music, but her wardrobe.

The Grammy nominee sang and danced alongside the Cowboys’ famous cheerleaders, as she wore a fit that seemed to be heavily inspired by cowboys. 

On her feet were white cowboy boots, on her legs were fringed half-white half-black pants, on her forearms were cowboy-like cuffs and on her head was a lampshade-esque cowboy hat that became the center of many Internet jokes to come.

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One Twitter user posted a photo of a pair of legs under a lampshade and said they would tell their kids that was Goulding during her halftime show, while another user tweeted out a photo from a SpongeBob SquarePants episode, in which Patrick goofily wore a lampshade on his head.


The singer had originally declined the offer to perform due to the Salvation Army’s controversial stance on gay rights. The Thanksgiving halftime show is usually a tradition, in which fans kick off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. This campaign involves volunteers across the country going out into public, ringing bells and gathering donations for those in need.

In response, the Salvation Army promised it serves “all, without discrimination” and soon enough the English songstress took to the stage in a remarkable get up for a performance that would be hard to forget.

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