Zayn Malik lands first ever solo awards nomination.

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has won his first ever awards nomination as a solo artist.

The 'Pillow Artist' singer is nominated for Best Male in the version's 2016 #nationalmusicawards, going up against the likes of David Bowie and Ed Sheeran.  The nomination comes just days before he releases his debut track, this Friday.

Other artists nominated include Jamie xx, Mark Ronson and newcomer Nao.

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