American Music Awards
AMA Logo
Zayn Malik
Nominations "New Artist of the Year"
Awarded for "outstanding achievements" in the record industry chosen in an online voting
Presented by Dick Clark
Country United States
Founded 1973
Network ABC
Runtime 180 minutes
The American Music Awards (AMAs) is an annual American music awards show, created by Dick Clark in 1973 for ABC when the network's contract to present the Grammy Awards expired. Unlike the Grammys, which are awarded on the basis of votes by members of the Recording Academy, the AMAs are determined by a poll of the public and fans, who can vote through the AMAs website.[1] The award statuette is manufactured by the New York firm Society Awards.


The AMAs was created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammy Awards after the move of that year's show to Nashville, Tennessee led to CBS picking up the Grammy telecasts after its first two in 1971 and 1972 were broadcast on ABC. Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond co-hosted the first award show with Rodney Allen Rippy and Ricky Segall in 1974. In 2014, American network Telemundo acquired the rights to produce a Spanish-language version of the American Music Awards and launched the Latin American Music Awards in 2015.[2][3] The 44th Annual American Music Awards took place on November 20, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Zayn Malik


The nominations were announced on October 10, 2016.[4] Zayn was nominated as the "New Artist of the Year". The votings for the award were opened on November 2, 2016. Zayn eventually won the award and gave his acceptance speech on the stage accompanied by his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid.

  • "New Artist of the Year" — won

Acceptance Speech

Zayn Malik Wins American Music Awards 2016

Zayn Malik Wins American Music Awards 2016


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