iHeart Radio accused of making up an award for Zayn Malik after awkward blunder

Ahh prepare for La La Land at the Oscars level of awkward with this next story, as iHeart Radio have been accused of making up an award specifically for Zayn Malik following a cringeworthy blunder.

Is it just me or should award ceremonies start taking extra precautions to avoid these kinds of mishaps?

Zayn pulled out of his Capital FM Summertime Ball performance, citing anxiety for his absence (Copyright: Getty/Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

Did they make up an award just for Zayn?

It all started when Zayn and his girlfriend and ‘Pillowtalk’ co-star, Gigi Hadid, posted an acceptance speech for the Best Video at the iHeart Music Awards on his popular Twitter page.

In the video, Zayn gushed: “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.”

However, on the night iHeartRadio seemingly recounted the votes, which were issued by members of the public, and realised that Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’ had actually won the gong.


The girls accepted the award and posted their thanks on social media, leaving Zayn’s message embarrassingly hanging in the air with no award to speak of.

However, in a bid to save some of Zayn’s pride iHeartRadio awarded him with the previously unheard of ‘Best Solo Breakout’ award, putting him up against his former One Direction bandmates, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, as well as Olivia O’Brien.

Confirming that even she hadn’t heard of the category before Zayn was announced as winner, Olivia tweeted: “Apparently I was nominated for an iHeart radio award last night and no one knew including me! Still cool I guess? Haha”.

She followed up by confirming that it had been created solely to give Zayn an award, tweeting a fan: “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 :/”.

Still, Zayn seemed pretty chuffed with it, tweeting: “@iHeartRadio my G’s thank you.”

All’s well that ends well, eh?


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