Muse's victory in the Favorite Alternative Rock Artist category at Sunday night's 2010 American Music Awards felt like the crown jewel in what has been a pretty incredible few years for the band.
Their latest album, 2009's The Resistance, has sold millions of copies around the world, scored them a handful of hit singles, allowed them to sell out concerts on four different continents and perform at a number of high-profile television events. A bulk of that success is because of Muse's participation on the soundtracks of "The Twilight Saga" movies (Muse are "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's favorite band). Their "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)," for one, was the lead single from the soundtrack to last summer's "Twilight Saga: Eclipse."
But in an interview with BBC's Radio 1 back in July, Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme expressed some trepidation about the band's involvement.
"I'm not sure how cool it is to be on those kind of things, but sometimes you've just got to get your music out there in different ways," he said. "You have to take every opportunity you get, and sometimes you have to sell your soul."
When asked on Sunday about their "Twilight" stance, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy clarified the group's position. "Loads of young fans come to our gigs now who say, 'We heard that song from that film,' " he told MTV News' Tim Kash after the AMAs. "And that's great. We're happy with that."
Bellamy also said that he's fine with the vampire flicks. "The first one was pretty good," he told Kash. "The second one I only saw a bit of it. A guy kept taking his shirt off and showing his muscles, which was getting a little cheesy. The third one was pretty good."
Muse later told Kash that they'll remain on tour for the time being — they have dates in Australia coming up — and will then take the bulk of 2011 off for a little rest and recovery from the whirlwind that hasn't stopped since they dropped The Resistance. But they hope to be working on new music by the end of the year for release some time in 2012. Of 2010, Bellamy said, "It's been one of the best years for the band."
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