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One Direction may be on a three-month break but that hasn’t stopped them from making headlines. The quintet of cuties took home the title of Best Band during last night’s People’s Choice Awards. Not a bad way to start the new year, if we do say so ourselves.

The “Story of My Life” singers faced some stiff competition in the high-profile category where they faced down the likes of Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Paramore, and, the sweetest triumph of all, Maroon 5.

Why is that last one the best? The two bands don’t have an all-out beef or anything. It’s just that 1D and Maroon 5 each owe at least some part of their success to two dueling reality TV music competition shows: X Factor and The Voice. The Fox series is consistently smashed by The Voice when it comes to ratings (and again last night at the PCAs) so the 1D win over M5 frontman Adam Levine is a nice reprieve.

Soon after the people had chosen, One Direction took to Twitter to thank the band’s legions of fans. “A big thank you to all of you who voted for 1D at the @peopleschoice Awards!,” the group’s official Twitter wrote. Band members Harry Styles and Niall Horan also sent out their own tweets of thanks.

“Just found out we won favourite band at people's choice last night! Guys thank you so much , great start to 2014! Love you lots,” Niall messaged while Harry tweeted, “Last night you made us ‘Favourite Band’ at the People’s Choice Awards. Thank you so so much .xx.”

Any time, boys. Now get back to your R&R!

Sources: One Direction on Twitter, Niall Horan on Twitter, Harry Styles on Twitter


Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!