One of the most competitive categories of the 2016 American Music Awards was New Artist of the Year, and this year music fans decided on former One Direction member-turned-solo artist Zayn. The heartthrob’s win may have come as a bit of a surprise to some of our readers. Fellow heartthrob Shawn Mendes led our racetrack odds as the favorite to win this award. Zayn sat in third in our prediction center behind Mendes and DNCE, but ahead of The Chainsmokers and Alessia Cara.
But did Zayn deserve the win? If you look at the chart performances of the five nominees over the past year, we should have seen this coming. He was the only nominee to have both a number-one album, “Mind of Mine,” and number-one single, “Pillowtalk.” But what do you think? Was Zayn the rightful winner of this year’s New Artist of the Year? Have a look at the nominees’ top chart performances over the past year and vote in our poll below.
Album: “Know-It-All” / Peaked at #9 on Billboard 200
Top Single: “Here” / #1 on Billboard Hot 100 / Certified 3x Platinum
Album: “Bouquet” / Peaked at #31 on Billboard 200
Top Single: “Closer” / #1 on Billboard Hot 100 / Certified 3x Platinum
Album: “Swaay” (EP) / Peaked at #39 on Billboard 200
Top Single: “Cake by the Ocean” / #9 on Billboard Hot 100 / Certified 2X Platinum
Album: “Handwritten” / Peaked at #1 on Billboard 200
“Illuminate” / Peaked at #1 on Billboard 200
Top Single: “Treat You Better” / #7 on Billboard Hot 100 / Certified Platinum
Album: “Mind of Mine” / Peaked at #1 on Billboard 200
Top Single: “Pillowtalk” / #1 on Billboard Hot 100 / Certified Platinum