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As their award was announced, frontman Matt Bellamy was chatting to fellow award winner Michael Eavis, whose Glastonbury festival the band headlined in 2010.
Paying tribute to the evening’s Godlike Genius recipient, Muse drummer Dom Howard said on collecting the award: “I’d like to congratulate Dave Grohl, the busiest man in rock music.”
“Isn’t Michael Eavis the nicest guy in the world – he was giving me farming tips,” added Matt Bellamy, referring to the pair’s interrupted conversation.
The band first won the award in 2007. They took it home again at last year’s ceremony, which like tonight’s was held at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.
The Killers‘ Ronnie Vannucci and actress Jaime Winstone read out the nominations.
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