Zayn Malik Awarded Asian Award


Fifth Annual Award Ceremony Held in London

Making his solo appearance at the annual Asian Awards, former One Direction member, Zayn Malik, paid tribute to his ex band-members. Donning a new shaved haircut, the 22-year-old was awarded the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, presented by good friend Naughty Boy.


Accepting the award, Zayn said, “I’d like to thank my mum and dad, and I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys I’ve ever met – everything I’ve done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life.”


He ended his speech with, “Here’s to the future.”


Also in presence was Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, renowned fashion designer John Rocha, Gary Lineker and cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara. The awards are a global celebration of Pan Asian excellence and were held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.


Shah Rukh Khan was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award and dedicated his award to overseas Asians. I am extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad who have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at the Asian Awards as well. There is so much talent around Asia and so many achievers, whether it is Dr Amar Bose, the Hinduja Brothers or Zayn Malik. I am glad to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of hard work by people in difference field but similar passion.”


Guests were presented with an exclusive performance from the cast of Gurinder Chadha’s upcoming West End extravaganza, Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical.


Batsman Kumar Sangakkara was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Sport whilst Outstanding Achievement in Science & Technology went to experimental particle physicist, Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee and the Outstanding Achievement in Television award went to comedian, actor and broadcaster, Sanjeev Bhaskar.


Launched in 2010 by entrepreneur Paul Sagoo, The Asian Awards, have become the world’s biggest celebrations of Asian excellence. “We are absolutely thrilled with the staggering success of The Asian Awards this year and the remarkable level of support we’ve received. From Prime Minister David Cameron to global superstars like Zayn Malik and Shah Rukh Khan, joining us for this superb gathering of some of the world’s most inspirational and powerful people.


“I’m so proud of the way The Asian Awards are evolving. They have truly grown into a voice for the Pan Asian community to celebrate its own success – as well as become a way to share the stories and achievements and lives of these great people with the world, to inspire the millions of us who strive to be the best we can.”


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