And it seems Zayn Malik did not escape the intense level of social media scrutiny allocated to the event as he has been criticised online for slagging One Direction during his acceptance speech.
Picking up the award for best ‘New Artist of the Year’, the 23-year-old popstar looked towards the crowd before excitedly saying: “This one just has my name on it, right?”
— 1D UPDATES (@1DUpdatesOnline) November 21, 2016
He then paused before thanking his family and fans for their support, but failed to mention his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid.
Having eagerly awaited Zayn’s run-in with former bandmate Niall Horan, One Direction’s followers were left disappointed as they witnessed the PILLOWTALK singer’s surprised reaction to the Mullingar man’s handshake.
Niall Shaking Hands with Zayn
— Zannat (@Zannat_1d) November 21, 2016
“THE FACT THAT ZAYN WAS SHOCKED BECAUSE HE DIDN’T THINK NIALL WOULD WALK UP TO HIM,” tweeted one saddened fan alongside a tearful Kris Jenner meme.
THE FACT THAT ZAYN WAS SHOCKED BECAUSE HE DIDN'T THINK NIALL WOULD WALK UP TO HIM. WHY
— ㅤ (@adoreshoran) November 21, 2016
“I’m positive Zayn would have never gone up to Niall…Niall’s a genuinely great guy and I’m sure he misses his friend,” wrote another.
— #MTVStarsNiallHoran (@britishdolans) November 21, 2016
The brief interaction has prompted the “ZiallOnAMAs” hashtag on Twitter.
I wanted a Ziall pic, but for now a shake of hands is enough, but still waiting for a hug and a "love you bro"#ZiallOnAMAs
— Nancy (@nancyandreap) November 21, 2016
— Proud of Zayn (@foolcurly) November 21, 2016
I want HQ pics, 3D & Vr videos of Niall and Zayn shaking hands and a whole documentary on this 20 second long interaction asap #AMAs
— #ProjectThisTown (@NoControlProjec) November 21, 2016
Niall: *walks up to zayn*
Niall: *shakes his hand*
Zayn: is shook*
The fandom: *is shook* #ZiallOnAMAs
— ѕαяαн ωιи¢нєѕтєя (@Sarah_Unicorn01) November 21, 2016
— 1D updates (@1DAllUpdateess) November 21, 2016