Quickies: Ellie Goulding, Halsey & Kelly Clarkson
ELLIE GOULDING TO HOST BILLBOARD’S WOMEN IN MUSIC EVENT: Ellie Goulding will serve as the host of Billboard’s 13th Annual Women in Music event, which takes place December 6th in New York City. Ellie has just released a new single "Close to Me," a collaboration with Diplo and Swae Lee. As previously announced, Ariana Grande has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. Janelle Monáe will receive the Trailblazer Award and Cyndi Lauper is getting the Icon Award. Singer and Maroon 5 collaborator SZA is being presented with the Rule Breaker Award, country star Kacey Musgraves will receive the Innovator Award and Hayley Kiyoko is getting the Rising Star Award. The event will stream live on Twitter from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. HALSEY & JOHN MAYER SET RECORD STRAIGHT ON DATING RUMORS: Halsey and John Mayer want everyone to know that they’re not dating. Rumors began spreading last month when fans noticed comments on each other’s Instagram accounts. The 41-year-old entertainer invited Halsey, 24, on his "Current Mood" Instagram Live show to address the rumors. They then played the "Are They Dating" game and the answer to the question was "no!" "The fact that we’re both alpha types, while not prohibitive, would make a romantic relationship difficult, especially when compounded by the fact that we’re both highly driven and creative artists who value our independence," John said on the show. "For being my not-boyfriend, you really do know me so well," Halsey added. KELLY CLARKSON MEETS CHER FOR FIRST TIME: Kelly Clarkson met Cher for the first time and she was beyond thrilled. The moment happened on the red carpet at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night in Washington, D.C. Kelly was at the event to perform in the tribute for her mother-in-law Reba McEntire. While being interviewed by Extra, she noticed that Cher was right behind her and she eventual received an introduction. "Hi! I’m Kelly Clarkson! Nice to meet you!" Kelly told Cher. "I have never met you, I’ve been talking about you this whole time going, ‘She’s right behind me!!’ I’m a big fan, obviously everyone here is, I’m gonna stop talking." "I’m so happy to meet you!" Cher responded.