Zayn Malik Wins first solo Award at the AMAs, doesn't thank girlfriend Gigi Hadid but makes up for it with a kiss!

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Zayn Malik just won his first award as a solo artist!

The "Pillowtalk" singer, who left One Direction in March 2015, took home the New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile award at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, beating out Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE and Shawn Mendes.

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During his acceptance speech, he couldn't help but thank his family, friends and fans for their incredible support over the past year, telling the crowd, "This one just says my name on it, right?"

"It's been a crazy year, I can't thank the people that have been with me every day for the past year enough," Malik said. "To this very point, being stood on this stage today, is a bit crazy."

"My family, my mom, my dad, everybody in my family that's been supporting me over the last year, especially my dad, actually, so thank you, Dad," he continued. "Also, a big, big, big thank you to my f***ing fans, you guys are sick. I didn't expect anybody to still vote for me, so thank you for voting for me. I'll put it on my fireplace, thank you."

One person Malik noticeably forgot to thank, however? His girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, who co-hosted the show with Jay Pharoah.

Luckily, the 23-year-old singer made up for it backstage by giving his beautiful gal a sentimental hug and sweet smooch!

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AMAs 2016: Red carpet arrivals
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AMAs 2016: Red carpet arrivals
Lady Gaga went all-white the the red carpet and polished off her outfit with a wide-brimmed hat. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

It may be John Legend's night, but Chrissy Teigen stole the show in her black dress with a dangerously high slit affixed with a safety pin. For his part, Legend rocked a cool suit jacket. 

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Wowza, here's another look at that crazy-high slit Chrissy Teigen was rocking. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Lady in red! Selena Gomez ruled the red carpet in a bright red ball gown with a simple neckline. She kept her makeup simple and pulled her hair back into a slick ponytail. Her overall look was one of the best of the evening.

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Halsey kept a totally monochromatic look with this white-hot look. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Janelle Monae always rocks black and white, but this striped style is giving us some serious Cruella De Vil vibes. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Holy hotness! Rebecca Romijn showed off her incredible body in a blue taffeta skirt and a lace blouse that she teamed with a bandeau bra. The hot mama was absolutely glowing. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
AMA-nominated artist Tim McGraw brought a whole lot of country sexy to the red carpet. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Hello gorgeous! Host Gigi Hadid slayed the red carpet in a white lace Roberto Cavalli number. She paired the off-the-shoulder look with a sexy red lip and diamond choker.

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Florida Georgia Line hit the red carpet with the red carpet with their leading ladies -- and they all managed to color-coordinate. 

 (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

WORST: Channeling gold finger? Heidi Klum looked like she wanted a role in the next "Bond" flick with this gold jumpsuit with a bow-tie neckline.

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"Dancing With the Stars" judge Julianne Hough showed off a very different side of her style with a high-waisted skirt and a strange blouse with some holographic vibes. She wore her hair down in long, straight locks. Thoughts? 

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Derek Jeter's leading lady, model Hannah Davis, showed off her catwalk-ready figure in a bright purple dress with sheer and lace embellishments.

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Garcelle Beauvais showed off her sexy physique in a leapord-print dress and a set of black heels. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

Ariana Grande put her best foot forward in a set of white slacks and a black, lace bustier. She finished off her look with a ponytail and a pop of burgundy on her lips.

 (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

 Sting looked handsome as ever in a classic black suit jacket and jeans. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

Fifth Harmony brought the heat in their black dresses this year, rocking some dangerously high hemlines and slits (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Stunner! Hailee Steinfeld was one of the best-dressed of the evening in a bright green romper with sparkling details. The look showed off her mile-long legs and sophisticated fashion choices. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Idina Menzel definitely turned heads in a completely sheer black dress with an eye-popping firework display. What do you think of the 45-year-old star's look? 

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"Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev gave us some serious rocker vibes with her metallic short-suit and swept over tresses. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
"Magic Mike" star Matt Bomer looked dapper in a double-breasted blue suit and tie. Well done, Matt (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Recording artists Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool attend the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson was understated and sexy in a black bra and a white T-shirt dress. Who else is getting "Risky Business" vibes? (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Niall Horan was every inch the stylish gent in a classic gray suit and a chic pair of Garrett Leight glasses. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2016/WireImage)
 Singer Skylar Grey put together an edgy look with a white sheer blouse and an overcoat. She kept the rest of her look simple with light pink makeup. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actress Milla Jovovich attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
AMA-nominated singer Cam brought a refreshing pop of color to the red carpet in a bright yellow gown. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Singer and "Vampire Diaries" star Kat Graham showed off her vampy style in a sheer, black gown with a plunging neckline. She teamed it with a set of black undies. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Talk about a style statement. Keke Palmer left very little to the imagination in a silver, chainmail, two-piece outfit with a pale pink fur coat. Interesting. 

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Actress Bella Thorne showed off a brand new 'do on the red carpet with her red mane dip-dyed in green. The 19-year-old actress added to her edgy look with a two-piece suit worn with a tiny bra. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Ciara, who recently announced she's expecting a baby with husband Russel Wilson, put her baby bump on full display in a black turtleneck dress with a balloon-like bottom. What do you think of the look? 

 (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Shiny dancer! "Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke brought some heat to the red carpet in a metallic, rose-gold number. 

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There's a way to get attention! Tinashe flashed her undergarments in a polka-dot dress with off-the-shoulder details and a cinched belt. 

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Laura Marano sizzled in a sexy cutout LBD and a set of thigh-high boots. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

Bailee Madison looked all grown up in a hot pink, metallic dress with a plunging neckline. She finished off the style with bright-colored ye makeup. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actress Liz Hernandez attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
Actress Rachel Smith kept things simple at the AMAs in a little black dress with some bold embellishments along her midsection. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

 Vine star Lauren Giraldo turned heads with this circus-like look complete with a bedazzled leotard and a champagne-colored train. 

 (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Actor Mason Cook punched things up a notch in a teal suit. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
 Singer Sabina kept things simple in a white dress. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
 Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields looked red-hot in a two-piece ensemble with a zipper slit. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
Roshon Fegan looked super slick in a black tuxedo. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
Singer Daya jumped for the jumpsuit trend, but we can't say we are loving the pockets on this outfit. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Noah Cyrus channeled the 1970s in a mod-looking floral frock and center-parted tresses, but it was a bit flashy with the completely sheer top and bottom and back undies. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist James Bay rocked a set of velvet pants and a shiny blazer. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Hot mama! Jenny McCarthy put a modern spin on her classic black jumpsuit with slicked back tresses and a choke. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Danica McKellar showed off her fit physique in a black patterned romper. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Singers Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelly and Liam Attridge of Forever In Your Mind looked super snazzy. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers showed off their chic style sense in a burgundy tux and patterned button-downs.

 (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Lauren Elizabeth donned a silky white dress with a set of chunky chokers. 

 (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

 Ty Dolla Sign got gussied up in a leather jacket, hat and slim-fitted jeans. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg color-coordinated their outfits! We love Donnie's pink blazer and fancy shoes. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Singer Emeli Sande added a pop of color to her monochromatic look with some red lipstick. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
 Musician Spencer Ludwig brought some fashion to the red carpet with a polka-dot shirt and skintight leather pants. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Kerri Kasem looked gorgeous in a black dress with a keyhole neckline. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2016/WireImage)
Chelsea Briggs went for an all-white ensemble with a lace turtleneck. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Jess Bauer donned a two-piece nude pantsuit combo. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
TV personality Jeannie Mai gave us a mirror image in this interesting tiled frock. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Internet personality Sean O'Donnell rocked a green velvet blazer and a set of black slacks. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Internet personality Jack Baran rocked a festive red, silk button-down shirt.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
 Model Gigi Gorgeous definitely went for an interesting style with a white bra top and a silver dress teamed with gloves. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Bebe Rexha went completely exotic with a tiger-like dress that had a very flashy neckline. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actor Blake Jenner kept things casual and cool with a green leather jacket and jeans. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Singer Kyla put a modern twist on a black dress with a cool skirt. (Photo by Michael Kovac/AMA2016/Getty Images for FIAT)
Recording artist G-Eazy went fro the all-black tux. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Former Miss America Kira Kazantsev added a youthful pop to her bright blue ensemble with a sky-high ponytail.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Travis Barker brought his family to the red carpet event. How cute are his kids? (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Jillionaire, Walshy Fire and Diplo of musical group Major Lazer brought some fall style to the red carpet with their trenches and hats. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
 TV personalities Sara Foster and Erin Foster were two of the prettiest-dressed stars of the evening with their sophisticated styles. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
 Singer Z LaLa definitely took the red carpet by surprise with this outrageous hairstyle and black latex dress. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
DJ Khaled was definitely excited to be at the show and looked great in a cool printed jacket. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Model Bella Harris and recording artist Jimmy Jam teamed up their styles and looked slick. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
DJ Khaled and rapper Rick Ross looked slick together. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

Singer Rachel Platten looked sexy and sophisticated in a sequined, blue dress.

 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2016/WireImage)

 MLB player Bryce Harper and Kayla Varner hit the red carpet together. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
TV personality Frankie Grande went for a very casual style. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
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ET caught up with Malik's former bandmate, Niall Horan, on the red carpet prior to the show, where he revealed he was pretty stoked about reuniting with his pal.

WATCH: Niall Horan on Reuniting With His Former One Direction Bandmate Zayn Malik: 'I'm Looking Forward to Seeing Him'

"I haven't spoken to [Zayn] in a few months or whatever, and haven't seen him in a while, so I'm looking forward to seeing him," the Irish heartthrob, who performed his debut solo single, "This Town," explained.

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