One Direction has now added another award to a growing collection of accolades: On January 26, 2013, One Direction won the prize for International Group or Duo of the Year at the NRJ Music Awards, held in Cannes, France.
The other nominees in the category were Coldplay, Carly Rae Jepsen & Owl City, and Maroon 5. The awards are voted on by the public.
The five members of One Direction (Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson) attended the ceremony. In an acceptance speech, Styles said, "I have to say massive thank you to our French fans. We wouldn't be here without you. Our French record label [is] absolutely amazing. We don't speak French. Obviously, we weren't born here. To be welcomed in this country is amazing, so thank you so much."
One Direction also performed "Kiss You" on the awards show.
A few of the members of One Direction later went on Twitter to post additional messages of thanks:
One Direction at the 2013 NRJ Music Awards
Styles tweeted: "Thank you so much to @NRJhitmusiconly and our fans for the Award!! See you later."
Horan tweeted: "Thank you so much guys! For voting for us! Bed international group ! Thank you so much ! NRJ music awards."
One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010 and has since gone on to become the biggest global act to emerge from "The X Factor." The group has had No. 1 hits and sold-out tours in several countries.
One Direction's numerous awards include prizes from the 2012 Brit Awards, the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2012 Bambi Awards, and the 2013 People's Choice Awards.