Zayn Malik takes swipe at One Direction in AMAs speech

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 November 2016
Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik picked up his first American Music Award as a solo artist as he was crowned New Artist of the Year

Zayn Malik took a swipe at One Direction as he picked up his American Music Award for New Artist of the Year.

The 23-year-old singer asked if it was just his name engraved into the trophy and not his former band mates; Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.

Speaking on stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at Sunday night's (20.11.16) bash, he said: "Wow. This just has my name on it, right?"

The hunky pop star dedicated his award to his dad and thanked his family, but failed to mention his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, 21, who was presenting the whole ceremony.

He continued: "I can't thank the people that have been with me every day the past year enough. Standing here is crazy. My mom, my dad, everybody in my family that's been supporting me the past year, especially my dad. Thank you, Dad. Also, big thank you to you guys. I didn't expect anybody to still vote for me. So thank you, and I'll put it on my fireplace."

Niall, also 23, was in attendance as he too was nominated in the same category after he released his first solo single 'This Town' in September.

Elsewhere, Selena Gomez took home the award for Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Ariana Grande who was crowned the Artist of the Year.

Selena's ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber performed 'Let Me Love You' at the show as well as taking home four gongs for Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favourite Pop/Rock Album for 'Purpose', Favourite Pop/Rock Song for 'Love Yourself', and Video of the Year for 'Sorry'.

Full American Music Award winners list:

Artist of the Year - Ariana Grande

New Artist of the Year - Zayn Malik

Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist - Selena Gomez

Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist - Justin Bieber

Favourite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group - Twenty One Pilots

Favourite Pop/Rock Album - 'Purpose' / Justin Bieber

Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist - Rihanna

Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist - Chris Brown

Favourite Soul/R&B Album - 'Anti' / Rihanna

Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - Drake

Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album - 'Views' / Drake

Favourite Latin Artist - Enrique Inglesias

Favourite Country Male Artist - Blake Shelton

Favourite Country Female Artist - Carrie Underwood

Favourite Country Band/Duo/Group - Florida Georgia Line

Favourite Country Album - 'Storyteller' / Carrie Underwood

Favourite Soundtrack - 'Purple Rain' / Prince

Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist - Adele

Favourite Alternative Artist - Twenty One Pilots

Favourite Electronic Dance Music Artist - The Chainsmokers

Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist - Hillsong United

Merit Award - Sting

Collab of the Year - 'Work from Home' / Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla Sign

Favourite Country Song - 'Humble and Kind' / Tim McGraw

Favourite Pop/Rock Song - 'Love Yourself' / Justin Bieber

Favourite Soul/R&B Song - 'Work' / Rihanna ft. Drake

Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Song - 'Hotline Bling' / Drake

Video of the Year - 'Sorry' / Justin Bieber

Tour of the Year - 'The Formation World Tour' / Beyoncé

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