Matthew Bellamy of Muse WPAP By Toni Agustian.
First Version: 2010.10 | This Revision Version: 2015-04-04
Matthew James Bellamy (born 9 June 1978) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, pianist, and principal songwriter of the rock band Muse. As a performer, he is often recognised for his eccentric stage persona, wide tenor vocal range, & piano and guitar playing abilities.
Bellamy’s father, George, from Sunderland was rhythm guitarist in the 1960s pop group The Tornados, who were the first British band to have a United States number one song, with “Telstar”. “Knights of Cydonia”, a single from Muse’s fourth album Black Holes and Revelations, is often cited as a tribute to that song, with its space rock sound and accompanying video depicting a cowboy’s quest through an alien landscape. Bellamy’s mother, Marilyn, was born in Belfast, and moved to England in the 1970s. On her first day in England she met George, who was at the time working as a taxi driver in London. They later moved to Cambridge where Matthew’s older brother Paul was born followed a couple of years later by Matthew. In the mid-1980s, the family moved to Teignmouth, Devon. After the divorce of Bellamy’s parents, he lived with his mother and brother. Bellamy started playing the piano at the age of 6 and guitar when he was 11. His first musical performance was in June 1991, aged 12, playing piano in front of his school at Teignmouth Community College.
Bellamy was ranked No. 19 on Gigwise’s list of The 50 Greatest Guitarists Ever. Total Guitar readers voted Bellamy No. 29 on a list of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time. Bellamy’s riff from “Plug in Baby” was No. 13 in Total Guitar’s poll of the Top 100 Riffs of All Time.
In April 2005, Kerrang! magazine ranked him No. 28 in their “50 Sexiest People in Rock” poll. Cosmopolitan also chose him as the sexiest rocker of 2003 and 2004. NME Magazine voted him the 14th Greatest Rock ‘n’ roll Hero of all time, ahead of John Lennon and Bob Dylan. Bellamy also won the Sexiest Male Award at the 2007 NME Awards. He won again in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and he was nominated in 2012. Bellamy, however, declared himself “too short to be sexy” (he is 5′ 7″), and said the award should have gone to Dom Howard, Muse’s drummer. In 2001 and 2012 NME awards Bellamy won “Hero of the year award”.
On 26 September 2008, the University of Plymouth awarded the members of Muse an honorary doctorate degree in arts for their work in the field of music.
In the January 2010 edition of Total Guitar, Bellamy was named “Guitarist of the Decade” and was proclaimed to be “the Hendrix of his generation”. In the Guinness Book of World Records 2010, Bellamy is credited as holding the world record for most guitars smashed on a tour. His record, 140, was set during the Absolution Tour. In April 2010, Bellamy was named the eighth best front man of all time by the readers of Q. In December 2010, readers of MusicRadar voted Bellamy the 9th Greatest Lead Singer of all time. In 2010, BBC Radio 6 conducted a survey where Matt Bellamy came third as the best guitarist of the last 30 years.