The members of Muse weren't there, but they got good news from the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, where their latest album, Drones, was named Best Rock Album.
It's the second time the British trio has taken home that trophy, previously winning in 2010 for The Resistance. Drummer Dominic Howard tells us a Rock Grammy was particularly apt for Drones since he and his bandmates pursued a more straightforward rock sound this time out after getting a bit more ambitious on Resistance and 2012's The 2nd Law:
"We just kinda wanted to make something that...just had a bit more of an organic sound to it. I think we felt like the past couple albums we experimented a lot -- which we love doing, by the way -- but we were experimenting a lot with different styles and genres of music...I think this time around we just wanted to do something that was pretty raw and organic sounding and, again, try to capture that live energy on record, which is something we're always trying to do but I think, that's what we set out to do and I think we really got that, really."
Drones came out last June and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and the U.K. Muse's Drones World Tour begins another European leg with a six-night run starting February 26 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.