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.
The 2012 American Music Awards were held on November 18th, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles California. One Direction attended for the first time but did not win any of their nominations.
2013The 2013 American Music Awards were held on November 24th at the Nokia Theater In L.A. One Direction stole the show with their performance of "Story of My Life". They won the AMA for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group and Take Me Home won Favorite Pop/Rock Album.
2014The 2014 American Music Awards were held on November 23rd at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. One Direction were the big winners of the night, taking home three awards; Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories and, the most prestigious award, Artist of The Year. The band received critical and public acclaim for their performance of "Night Changes". The performance was notable for its elaborate set, featuring a giant moon and meadow grass settings. Zayn received considerable media attention for his hairstyle, which was based on Johnny Depp's Crybaby look.
2015The 2015 American Music Awards were held on November 22nd at the Nokia Theater In Los Angeles. One Direction won the award for Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, and, for the second year running, were crowned Artist of the Year. The band performed their single "Perfect" from fifth album Made in the A.M..
Niall Horan and Zayn Malik attended the 2016 American Music Awards separately, as solo artists. Niall performed his debut single This Town, while Zayn won the award for Best New Artist. They briefly greeted one another and shook hands during a commercial break, making this the first known public contact between Zayn and any member of One Direction since his 2015 exit from the band.