Louis Tomlinson heaped praise on his former bandmate Zayn Malik after he scooped two Brit Awards nominations on Saturday.
The group’s video History and their former bandmember Zayn’s debut solo single Pillowtalk were both nominated in the Best British Video category, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony at The O2 in London on February 22.
Zayn has also been nominated for British Single of the Year for Pillowtalk and speaking about his single, former bandmate Louis Tomlinson said: “Zayn had an absolute smash with Pillowtalk.
“It’s a weird feeling to see us all on our own but it’s also nice to feel that you’ve got the support of the other lads.”
The pair had a very public falling out after Zayn quit the band, with them clashing over Zayn’s relationship with music producer Naughty Boy.
Zayn’s competitors in the category include Clean Bandit Ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (Rockabye), Tinie Tempah Ft. Zara Larsson (Girls Like), Jonas Blue Ft. Dakota (Fast Car), James Arthur (Say You Won’t Let Go), Alan Walker (Faded), Coldplay (Hymn for the Weekend), Calum Scott (Dancing on my Own), Little Mix (Shout Out To My Ex) and Calvin Harris Ft. Rihanna (This is What You Came For).
Elsewhere, David Bowie – who passed away in January 2016 after a secret battle with cancer – has been nominated for British Male Solo Artist, alongside Craig David, Skepta, Kano and Michael Kiwanuka.
Bowie’s second posthumous nomination comes in the Mastercard Album of the Year category for Blackstar.
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