One Direction at BRIT Awards 2016: Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson reunite
Following a months-long drought, One Direction has reunited. Sort of.
Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson represented the band at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday, where they won the award for British Artist Video for “Drag Me Down,” which was filmed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The band have always enjoyed an enthusiastic fan base, and their win in the fan-voted category was basically a lock. “Drag Me Down” was their first single following Zayn Malik’s departure from the band, who is now enjoying success as a solo artist. (His debut album, Mind of Mine, is due out in March.)
Additionally, One Direction were nominated for the British Group award, a testament to the success they’ve enjoyed in a tumultuous year; however, Coldplay ended up taking home the honor.
Payne and Tomlinson were also on hand to present the British Female Solo Artist award to Adele.
This is the first time any of the members of One Direction have reunited in a professional capacity since their performance on The X Factor U.K. in December, kicking off their hiatus with an emotional performance of “History,” which would go on to become their next single, shelving “Infinity.”
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Since then, the four members have been keeping busy both personally and professionally. Niall Horan has been traveling, previously telling EW, “We’ve been to a lot of places in the world over the last five years but never really got to see a lot of them.” He also added that he’ll “go back into the studio for a little bit and do a bit of writing — not particularly for anyone, but just to write a few tunes and see who wants ’em.”
Though Harry Styles was seen in London the day prior to the BRITs after spending a couple of months in L.A., he did not attend the ceremony. Styles recently found new artist management in good friend Jeffrey Azoff at CAA, leaving longtime managers at Modest Management, who still represent the band as a whole. Sources tell The Sun that Styles is looking to launch a solo debut “by around this time next year.”
Tomlinson, meanwhile, has been spending time in L.A. with infant son Freddie Reign, who arrived Jan. 21. He recently tweeted following Payne’s own visit to L.A. that it “was great to start writing again”; presumably, the duo are writing together once more, as Tomlinson previously told EW that the two would continue to work together during 1D’s hiatus.
Along with spending time with family, Payne has been recording with Juicy J, and teased a snippet of a solo song on Instagram in January; though he’s yet to release any material since then, producer TM88 revealed on Twitter that their collaborations with Payne will appear on Juicy’s next record, slated for release sometime this year.