Before the award show aired Sunday, iHeartRadio announced that Zayn Malik had won Best Music Video for “Pillowtalk.” Unfortunately, Zayn was not the true winner ― Fifth Harmony was.
The iHeartRadio team announced the mistake in a series of apologetic tweets Tuesday.
To add insult to injury, Zayn had already posted a heartwarming thank-you message for the Best Music Video award with Gigi Hadid by his side.
Rather than mercilessly cast Zayn out in the cold, iHeartRadio announced the “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” singer had won Best Solo Breakout Artist ― a brand new category this year.
However, many on social media were quick to point out that they had not previously heard of nor voted in the new category.
Zayn fans began tweeting about the fiasco using the hashtag #iHeartWasRigged.
The category also came as a complete surprise to “Complicated” singer Olivia O’Brien, who didn’t even realize she’d been nominated for the award.
Well, this got messy quickly.
Here’s hoping Zayn, Fifth Harmony and iHeartRadio sort things out. If things get too hairy, we’re sure Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway have a getaway car iHeartRadio can use.