Yet when Malik won best new artist, the supermodel couldn’t resist a quick backstage smooch after he gave an emotional acceptance speech thanking his fans and family.
“This one just has my name on it, right?” he joked from the stage, referencing the famous split from his One Direction bandmates. “It’s been a crazy year. I’ve got to thank the people that have been with me every day the past year. It’s been crazy. My family, my mom, my dad, everybody in my family that’s been supportive — especially my dad. Thank you, Dad. A big, big thank you to you guys … I didn’t expect anybody to still vote for me.”
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Hadid previously told PEOPLE that the “Pillowtalk” singer “really deserves” to win. “It’s been amazing to see him learn about himself and the music that makes him really happy to sing,” she said. “I would just be very excited for him if he were to win.”
WATCH: Gigi Hadid Voting for Boyfriend Zayn Malik at the 2016 AMAs
Despite being a host, Hadid never promised she’d be objective when it came to her boyfriend’s category.
“The presidents that are running still vote, so technically I feel like as a host I’m allowed to vote,” she joked to E! News about voting for Malik for new artist of the year.
Another moment that had hearts melting? When former 1D mates Niall Horan and Malik had a moment together in the audience.