After those unquestionably rousing performances from the [article id="1657852"]women of the Aretha Franklin medley[/article], [article id="1657848"]Lady Gaga[/article], and Miranda Lambert, the 2011 Grammys needed a little bit of rock and roll.
Cue this year's Best Rock Album winners [artist id="1191782"]Muse[/artist], who, as the evening's first males to perform on the stage, kicked in to their radio rotation-heavy anthem, "Uprising."
Standing atop television screens elevated above the stage, Matthew Bellamy — donning a sparkly white suit and playing a double-neck guitar — and his fellow bandmembers sounded just as good live as they do on their now Grammy-winning album The Resistance.
In what felt like a possible "Soy Bomb" moment, a security guard fought with a man onstage, but it turned out to be part of an anarchic scene to go along with the anti-authoritarian track.
Check out photos of Muse and all the 2011 Grammy performances.
Later, as the hard-rocking English trio sang lyrics such as, "They will not control us/ We will be victorious," images of American currency and Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles were lit ablaze by the onstage extras for a fiery, if not overtly political, finale.
Less than half an hour later, Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard, whose band saw a massive rise in popularity in the States over the past few years, would return to the Grammy stage to receive the Best Rock Album award.
Bellamy, who called the win "a great, genuine surprise," then went on to thank his "beautiful, pregnant girlfriend over there," Kate Hudson.
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