Matthew James Bellamy (born 9 June 1978) is an English musician and the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and principal songwriter of rock band Muse. He is recognised for his eccentric stage persona, wide tenor vocal range, and piano and guitar abilities.
Many Muse songs are recognizable by Bellamy's use of vibrato, falsetto, and melismatic phrasing, influenced by Jeff Buckley. As a guitarist, Bellamy often uses the arpeggiator and pitch-shift effects to create a more "electronic" sound, citing Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello as influences. His guitar playing is also influenced by a more classical harmonic aesthetic, particularly the style of Latin and Spanish guitar music. His lyrics often incorporate political and dystopian themes.
Muse have won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards, winning the Grammys for Best Rock Album for The Resistance and Drones, two Brit Awards, winning Best British Live Act twice, five MTV Europe Music Awards and eight NME Awards. They have sold over 20 million albums worldwide.. In 2012 the band received the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.