Shawn made his debut in 2015, but wasn't nominated last year for some reason. Maybe it's because he really made a huge impact in 2016. Regardless of the reason, he's already dropped two hit albums and a string of hit singles—including "Stitches," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and "Treat You Better." Both of his albums have topped the Billboard 200. Whew! This young man has been working hard the last two years to make his mark. Whereas Zayn already had a fanbase that carried over from One Direction.
Zayn has broken so many barriers—not only a former One Directioner—but also as a solo Muslim artist. His debut single, "Pillow Talk" topped the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2016, and his debut album, "Mind of Mine" also topped the Billboard 200. Zayn might have had a 1D fanbase, but he faced so much backlash for leaving the group. He had to win back fans with his solo music, and let's just say he did just that. Shawn should've been nominated last year for his debut album, "Handwritten." Isn't it just a little unfair to have two artists who have been performing for some time, but are just now being considered for Favorite New Artist?