Zayn Malik shaves head
Trisha Malik and Zayn Malik attend The Asian Awards 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 17 April 2015 in LondonGetty

Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik received criticism from fans for his new haircut.

The 22-year-old made his first solo appearance after he quit the British boyband, and showed off his new shaved head at the 2015 Asian Awards, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on 17 April.

Malik's fans took to Twitter to express their disbelief.

Meanwhile, at the award ceremony, Malik paid tribute to his former bandmates as he was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to music.

"I am not really a guy of many words normally, I don't really normally do the speeches. But obviously I have to say thank you for this, this is an amazing evening," he said.

"I am massively honoured to be here tonight. It's incredibly humbling to accept an award on the same stage as some people that I have looked up to throughout my entire life, iconic people such as Shah Rukh Khan. And to be gifted this award by one of my best friends, naughty boy, was also an amazing thing.

"Tonight's about thanks, I want to thank god for allowing me to be able to do what my dreams were. I would like to thank my mum and dad for making me Asian and allowing me to have some sort of an effect on the Asian community, it's a massive honour. I would also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys that I ever met, whilst being in the band and doing all the amazing things that I did, some of the things that we did will stay with me for the rest of my life and I thank you for that. And, yeah, here's to the future. Thank you very much for everything tonight," Malik said.