The following month, Muse would be rewarded for their courage by winning the Best British Band trophy at the eighth annual Kerrang! Awards, hosted at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel. In acknowledgement of the scene’s burgeoning profile, the ceremony was being televised for the first time, on Channel 5, and was the subject of much media attention. “It’s nice to see that, finally, the whole wide world has come around to our way of thinking,” noted K! Editor-in-Chief Phil Alexander in his introductory speech. With the nu-metal scene is at its peak – Phil pointed out that one band in the room, Staind, were Number One on the nation’s Albums Charts, with the previous year’s K! Awards triple-winners Slipknot as odds-on favourites to secure that same top spot the following week with Iowa – American bands won big, but there was recognition too for Grant Nicholas’ Feeder, acclaimed as the Best British Live Act, who were riding high on the success of their Echo Park album, and had recently supported Muse on tour in Europe.
“We won an award in another music magazine last year, but this is much better,” insisted Matt Bellamy after collecting the trophy from Queen guitarist Brian May. “When we first came out, people thought we were a whiny indie band, but we've always been a heavy band when we play live.”
Asked if he had a message to impart to Kerrang! readers, Matt’s answer was instant.
"Come along to the next tour, because we're going to be bringing some great bands with us. And we're going to do some weird shit."