Zayn Malik Takes Home New Artist of the Year Award at AMAs 2016, Throws Shade at One Direction

Zayn Malik Takes Home New Artist of the Year Award at AMAs 2016, Throws Shade at One Direction

A big congrats are in order for Zayn Malik – he won the New Artist of the Year award at the 2016 American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (November 20) in Los Angeles!

The 23-year-old entertainer was nominated for the one award, but also got a special treat at the show as his girlfriend Gigi Hadid served as a co-host all evening!

For the award, Zayn was up agains Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, and Shawn Mendes. Congrats, Zayn!

During his acceptance speech, Zayn threw a bit of shade, seemingly at One Direction.

“This one just has my name on it right?,” Zayn said. He added that he “didn’t expect anyone to vote” for him for the prize. “I’ll put it on my fireplace.”

The award was presented by Teyana Taylor and Bryce Harper. Watch below!

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  • Aliyah

    Congratulations Zayn! You deserve this award!

  • Suzie

    Well done. He deserves it. His album is dope.

  • Khazija

    I am deeply proud of Zayn. The media needs to stop with their constant demonizing of Zayn to prop 1D. Then the media ignores the ugly smear campaign that keeps painting 1D as these innocent victims knowing Zayn can’t speak out currently due to management contracts. 1D made him look like the bad guy while taking advantage of the fact that Zayn is currently not allowed to disclose why he really left. Zayn should have been treated with respect in that band but he was not.

    All he did was remark on this AMA award only has his name on it. It was his first AMA win without 1D. Journalists need to grow up. The bias is transparent and getting more out of control.

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