Where Is One Direction During The AMAs? Fans Were Hoping They'd Reunite One Last Time
When the American Music Awards kicked off Sunday night, One Direction fans were hoping against hope that the show might inspire the band to get back together one last time. So where is One Direction during the AMAs? Since the boy band is no longer together, the iconic and international heartthrobs showed up to the show solo (if they showed up at all). The 2016 AMAs did, however, mark a first for one of the former boy-band members. Niall Horan walked the red carpet and performed at the live show solo for the first time ever.
Before the show kicked off and before Horan the stage to perform his hit "This Town," he walked the carpet and talked to E! News' Jason Kennedy about the upcoming show. Of performing alone for the first time, Horan said,
But Horan's performance, while amazing, was yet another reminder to fans that the band's future is pretty bleak.
Watching Nial perform by himself makes sad that one direction aren't together anymore — Emina Spahić (@thespahic) November 21, 2016
but like, one direction is really over...damn.— JAY (@pieceofjay) November 21, 2016
i miss one direction— mac (@capricorniall) November 21, 2016
SO GLAD I WORE WATERPROOF MASCARA BC NIALLS PERFORMANCE JUST MADE ME CRY A MISSISSIPPI RIVER I MISS ONE DIRECTION SO MUCH— jules❄️☃️ (@juliemolina871) November 21, 2016
I miss One Direction so much can they come back soon please — αshlee loves louis (@louistvans) November 21, 2016
A year and five days ago, the band gave an exclusive statement to Entertainment Tonight while on tour in Ireland. Noting that the band was "taking time apart," Harry Styles said:
Horan further explained: "We're not breaking up. We're literally taking time out to see our friends and see our family and reflect on what we've done over the last few years."
But after his solo performance at Sunday night's AMAs, the message to fans felt pretty permanent. With Horan on the stage alone without his One Direction bandmates, the future remains a terrifying mystery. And considering it's been a year since they've performed together, made music together, or made plans to reunite, the future of One Direction doesn't look too promising.