Muse are an English alternative rock band that formed in Teignmouth, Devon in 1994. Since their inception, the band has been comprised of vocalist, guitarist and pianist Matthew Bellamy, bassist and backing vocalist Christopher Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard. Muse are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances and their fusion of many music genres, including progressive rock, classical music and electronica. Muse have released four studio albums – Showbiz (1999), Origin of Symmetry (2001), Absolution (2003) and Black Holes and Revelations (2006) – the latter of which earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year list for 2006. Their fifth studio album, The Resistance, is due to be released on 14 September 2009.
Muse have won many other music awards throughout their career, including five MTV Europe Music Awards, five Q Awards, six NME Awards, two BRIT awards and four Kerrang! Awards. They have been involved with Teenage Cancer Trust and played at the Royal Albert Hall where they donated all money made by t-shirts etc, to the charity.