The rules for the Best Shirtless Performance category would seem to be pretty cut and dry: if you’re wearing a shirt, you’re not qualified. No sleeves? No problem.
However, the inclusion of Kate Upton and her dazzling white bikini in “The Other Woman” in the category raises a few questions. She’s not topless, but is she shirtless? Is a bikini a shirt now? Maybe being shirtless is not quite as simple as wearing a shirt or not wearing a shirt. (We here at MTV News are devoted to answering life’s big questions.)
Desperate to gain expert insight into the situation, we sought the help of Professor Beth Charleston, a fashion historian at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. As we suspected, being shirtless doesn’t just depend on whether your torso is totally covered or not, according to Charleston. It’s a state of mind.