One Direction Wins ARTIST OF THE YEAR at American Music Awards

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One Direction has officially finished the year at number-one.

Not in terms of album sales, that is, as Justin Bieber actually beat out the members of 1D at the cash register last week after the artist and the boy band both released new records on the same day.

But Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan were called to the stage (by Jeremy Renner as presenter?!?!?!?!) at the conclusion of the 2015 American Music Awards and handed the night's most important trophy of all:

Artist of the Year!!!!!

It's the second consecutive year One Direction has taken home this prestigious title at the event.

"Wow, this is absolutely incredible, to win two years in a row," Tomlinson said. "It's a testament to how incredible our fans are so thank you, thank you, thank you."

The group beat out such major names in the business as Ariana Grande, Luke Bryan, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift to earn this award.

"We can't believe we get to win awards like this," Payne added "And we are obviously going on a little break now - to spend a little time with our families. Obviously we want to thank our families."

Indeed, it remains true: One Direction will go on hiatus for all of 2015.

They will ring in the new year with a performance on ABC's New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and then go their separate ways for at least 2016.

Each member of the handsome group has insisted this is not a break-up, however. It is merely a break.

Let's hope - nay, pray! - that this is actually the case.

Check out One Direction's grateful acceptance speech now.

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