Zayn walked away with a major win at the 2016 American Music Awards on Sunday night, but it was not without some controversy when the 23-year-old singer and former member of One Direction took the podium to accept the award for New Artist of the Year. The award is given out to the artist with the most fan votes for that particular category, and Zayn beat out the likes of Alessia Cara and The Chainsmokers. Not too bad for his first go as a solo act.
During his acceptance speech, Zayn leaned into the microphone and announced, "This one just has my name on it right?" He went on to thank his family and fans for their support, but people on Twitter quickly picked up on the shade he threw at his former group. Zayn and One Direction never publicly made up after Zayn left the group on a sour note, though in Zayn's recently released autobiography he did write he was "proud of a lot of stuff from the One Direction days." Based on tonight's speech, he may have some ill will still lingering.
The reactions ranged from "damn he really went there" to "straight disrespectful," and it wouldn't surprise us if someone from One Direction responds soon. For now, check out Zayn's acceptance speech above and reactions below. For a rundown of the 2016 American Music Award winners, click here.
Everyone shut the fuck up zayn won his first award as a solo artist let me LIVE— zm (@hemmingsross) November 21, 2016
I love OT4 & thought Zayn's comment was funny everyone calm down omg— alex :) (@loserlouist) November 21, 2016
PLEASE TELL ME WHY ZAYN THREW SHADE AT ONE DIRECTION UMMMMMMM EXCUSE ME— Tayyyy ✨ (@TaylorMHancock) November 21, 2016
zayn's constant shade towards 1D pisses me off real bad. does he not know that a thing called respect exists or what???— katie (@paynescastaway) November 21, 2016
Like yes Zayn you can be successful and part yourself from 1D but don't forget that's where you started and don't shade them every chance.— kitty (@katylex) November 21, 2016
When Harry "throws shade," people laugh, but when Zayn does, he committed a crime..— zehra (@irwiggles69) November 21, 2016
Loving the Zayn shade. Took long enough of you to come around to realize what a complete dickhead he is. I always knew his true colours.— Heather Hear (@heather_hear) November 21, 2016
zayn didn't even thank 1d for making him famous smh— miranda (@miranda_baugh) November 21, 2016