Zayn Malik just won his first award as a solo artist!
The "Pillowtalk" singer, who left One Direction
in March 2015, took home the New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile award at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, beating out Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE and Shawn Mendes.
During his acceptance speech, he couldn't help but thank his family, friends and fans for their incredible support over the past year, telling the crowd, "This one just says my name on it, right?"
"It's been a crazy year, I can't thank the people that have been with me every day for the past year enough," Malik said. "To this very point, being stood on this stage today, is a bit crazy."
"My family, my mom, my dad, everybody in my family that's been supporting me over the last year, especially my dad, actually, so thank you, Dad," he continued. "Also, a big, big, big thank you to my f***ing fans, you guys are sick. I didn’t expect anybody to still vote for me, so thank you for voting for me. I'll put it on my fireplace, thank you."
One person Malik noticeably forgot to thank, however? His girlfriend, Gigi Hadid
, who co-hosted
the show with Jay Pharoah.
Luckily, the 23-year-old singer made up for it backstage by giving his beautiful gal a sentimental hug and sweet smooch!
ET caught up with Malik's former bandmate, Niall Horan
, on the red carpet prior to the show, where he revealed he was pretty stoked about reuniting with his pal.
"I haven't spoken to [Zayn] in a few months or whatever, and haven't seen him in a while, so I'm looking forward to seeing him," the Irish heartthrob, who performed his debut solo single, "This Town," explained.
Hear more in the video below!