Whitney Pastorek
November 23, 2009 AT 08:03 PM EST

After speaking with Grammy president Neil Portnow on the red carpet of last night’s American Music Awards, EW reported that there was ongoing discussion about changing the rules to make the phenomenally successful Lady Gaga eligible for this year’s Best New Artist award, even though her nomination for “Just Dance” at last year’s ceremony would technically rule her out.

A representative for the Recording Academy contacted us today to clarify that there will in fact be no rule change for this year’s Grammy Awards, and that Portnow’s statment, in which he said the awards and nominations committee was “looking at ways to figure it out,” was misinterpreted. “First-round ballots were due back in early/mid-October, so it would be extremely challenging to change the rules now with nominations being announced next week,” emailed the rep. “Any changes to be made will be considered after this year’s show and therefore would not affect the current rule, which does disqualify Lady Gaga.”

We apologize for the confusion.

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