Muse's fifth studio album, The Resistance, was released on September 14th 2009. Like previous Muse albums, it draws from a wide range of genres and influences, including glam rock, R&B, disco and classical. The Resistance sees the return of instrumentation previously used on Origin of Symmetry, including a church organ (Unnatural Selection) and llama toenails (United States of Eurasia). Matthew Bellamy summarised the album as having "an emphasis on rhythm and contemporary R&B at the start. Then it gets epic and strange, then it becomes contemporary classical music."
The band won a Grammy for Best Rock Album with The Resistance in 2011.