Watch One Direction thank Zayn Malik during Billboard Award acceptance speech (video)

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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.

"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."

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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White hot! Taylor Swift showed off her fit physique in a daring jumpsuit, which featured major cutouts and a halter neckline. She finished off her sultry style with smoky eyes, sleek locks, and a black clutch. The "1989" singer is definitely taking more chances with her fashion -- and we love it. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Mariah Carey definitely isn't slowing down her fashion game. The 45-year-old singer turned up the heat with a black dress with sheer panels, a super-high hemline, a long train, and of course, a plunging neckline. The best part of Mimi's look though? The sunglasses she has in her hand. Typical, Mariah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Daddy had a date! Chris Brown looked dapper in a blazer and loafers, but he was totally outdone by his daughter, Royalty, who hit the red carpet in a tulle skirt and Timberlands. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Kendall Jenner opted for a demure and fashion-forward ensemble with an oversized blazer and skinny jeans. It's a refreshing look for Jenner, who typically gravitates toward more daring getups.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/BMA2015/Getty Images for dcp)

 Meghan Trainor brought the sparkle to the BBMAs in a sequined, hunter green dress with a bold side-slit. 

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Way to keep it classy, Britney! Britney Spears looked lovely in a simple gold dress, which she paired with sleek locks. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Whoa! "Empire's" queen bee Taraji P. Henson turned heads in barely-there dress, which featured a plunging neckline, and revealing cutouts. The sexy gown showed off her fit figure -- but it may have been a little too close to showing off her derriere.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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50 Cent arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)
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Kylie Jenner showed off her famous fashion sense in a futuristic striped dress with lace-up booties. She finished off the look with a bold gold belt. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Lookin' good! DJ Calvin Harris showed off his style sense in a slim-fit navy suit. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Molly Ringwald looked lovely in  black jumpsuit with a sexy neckline. She topped off the sexy yet classy style with a gold clutch and a pop of color on her lips. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Wowza! "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox looked better than ever in a white frock with metallic accents and a plunging neckline. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)
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Mermaid maven! Actress Jennette McCurdy went for a sea-inspired look with a strapless dress that "The Little Mermaid" would have been impressed by. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee showed off her taut tummy in a copy top and parachute pant combo (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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"Empire" star Bryshere Y. Gray looked slick in a snakeskin print gray suit. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Simplicity was key for Charli XCX! The singer rocked a simple LBD, which she polished off with red lipstick and red nail polish.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Actor Casper Smart attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town packed a punch with a bright blue gown and pink accessories. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton doesn't seem to have aged a day and hit the red carpet in his signature leather shirt. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Olivia Culpo looked equal parts sweet and sexy in a sparkly, black jumpsuit. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/BMA2015/WireImage)
Model Martha Hunt added a punch of color to the event in a fuchsia frock. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/BMA2015/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Recording artist John Legend (L) and singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor perform during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Recording artist John Legend (L) and singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor perform during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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