One Direction Shouts Out Zayn Malik in Billboard Music Awards Acceptance Speech

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Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction accept the Top Duo/Group award onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

One Direction showed up to their first awards show, the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, as a quartet on Sunday night (May 17), but showed that they had no ill will toward recently departed member Zayn Malik. During an acceptance speech, 1D's Liam Payne shouted out Malik onstage and conjured a large fan reaction inside and outside Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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"There's one more person to share this with," Payne wrapped up the first acceptance speech of the night, "and that's our brother Zayn." Watch it below.

The Billboard Music Awards win came in the Top Duo/Group category, where One Direction trumped artist like Maroon 5 and their former tour mates 5 Seconds of Summer, among others. One Direction is also nominated for Top Artist at the 2015 ceremony.

Zayn Malik officially left One Direction in March after bowing out of multiple tour dates. Since then, he and 1D's Louis Tomlinson have traded verbal insults on Twitter.

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