1d: zayn malik

Just being straight up. Just being honest about everything, explaining what it is that makes you feel uncomfortable, what it is that you’re cool with. And making sure that all of that is in order and everyone’s got a clear understanding of what that is.

I feel like it was only a positive impact on everything that happened after it and people now have a better perspective on where I was coming from at the time and just an understanding that it wasn’t coming from necessarily being ungrateful, shall we say, or not aware of the opportunities that were in front of me, it was just me struggling with being able to actually be there. I’m definitely glad I got that off my chest, as anybody is when you feel like you’re keeping something from someone you have to speak about it and clear up the air.

My fans are always supportive of anything I did. They’re amazing people and they’re always behind me but the crazy thing for me was, the thing people that I didn’t expect to speak to me about that spoke to me about it, random people, like older people that had read the book, and they were like ‘I really respect you speaking about that, it takes a lot of strength and a lot of confidence in yourself to be able to just be like ‘this is what it is, this is how it was, this is how I’m feeling,’ and that was really cool to get that reaction because I didn’t necessarily do it for that reason. I just did it because I felt like I needed to do it. So when you get a nice reaction in return it’s like a bonus, it’s a cool feeling.
—  Zayn on getting through his anxiety (via Us Weekly).
Zayn, Sia, Sam Smith & More Lead The Potential Last-Minute Grammy Submissions

Zayn & Sia

Could be nominated for: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Of all the artists on this list, Zayn is the only one who has never been nominated for a Grammy, but come this December, that may change. He recently teamed up with super songwriter Sia and released his most recent single “Dusk Till Dawn,” which is already earning the two artists some pretty great reviews. Win or lose, this song grants Grammy voters an excuse to nominate Zayn for the first time (which he has earned by this point), and to give Sia another opportunity to win, because she is long overdue for some gold.