Zayn’s award show blunder
Just a week after the infamous Oscars’ mix-up that saw Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announce the wrong winner for the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards, Zayn Malik has been caught up in his own embarrassing award show blunder. The awkwardness unfolded when the Pillowtalk singer accepted a Best Video award at the iHeartRadio awards last week that was in fact meant for girlband Fifth Harmony.
Before the music show last Sunday, the former One Direction star took to Twitter to post a virtual acceptance speech telling his fans that a “little birdie” had told him he had won. It wasn’t until two days later that the iHeart Radio team sent out a series of Tweets apologising for the mistake and explaining that the gong actually belonged to Fifth Harmony.
To make matters worse, Zayn’s acceptance speech had already created major buzz online because it also featured a cameo from his girlfriend and Pillowtalk co-star Gigi Hadid. In the vid, the Brit star said, "I'm currently in Paris, sorry I can't be there. A little birdie told me that I've actually won an award, so thank you very much." Adding, "I'm very honoured. To everyone that voted, it means a lot, and my co-star's actually sitting next to me right here, so she's gonna say hello as well,” before Gigi appeared on screen. The model blew a kiss to camera and said, "Hello guys. Thanks so much.”
However, after a recount for the fan-vote category, the official winners list from the awards show named Fifth Harmony the real recipients for their Work from Home video featuring Ty Dolla $ign. To make an awkward situation even more confusing, iHeartRadio then tweeted that Zayn had indeed won an award, but for Best Solo Breakout, writing: “Congrats @zaynmalik on winning #BestSoloBreakout artist at our #iHeartAwards. We love the speech!”
However, there is mounting speculation that the ‘Best Solo Breakout’ is actually an invented category to try and ease Zayn’s bruised ego after the gaff. The theory comes after fellow nominee Olivia O’Brien tweeted that she had not been made aware of the award. When Twitter fans then questioned the legitimacy of the category, the US singer added, “It’s not fake but it was made last minute so no one got to vote for it and it was basically made to give zayn an award :/. [sic].”
Regardless, Zayn has decided to style the super-cringey episode out, tweeting about his new award, “@iHeartRadio my G’s thank you.”