Watch an exclusive Muse video interview now
Speaking in an exclusive video interview below, the frontman initially thought it was a joke when he was told of his win.
“That’s like a little joke, isn’t it?” asked the singer. “I’m too short to be sexy – that’s why I don’t understand it!”
More seriously, the group also won Best Live Band, which was a shock to them.
“It was a real surprise,” said Bellamy, “because we only did a few gigs last year.”
Watch the full interview now:
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For complete coverage from this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards, including news, photo galleries, video interviews and live blogs straight from the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, head to our awards index at NME.COM/awards now.
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There will also be a highlights show on Channel 4 on Friday (February 27) at 7.30pm (GMT) and on Saturday (28) at 10.55am.
Meanwhile, get this week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive covers CD featuring this year’s Godlike Geniuses, The Cure. The awards review issue itself will be on the shelves from next Wednesday (March 4), boasting exclusive interviews, photos and more.