Rapper Killer Mike had a bitter-sweet experience at the 66th annual Grammy Awards ceremony as he won in three categories, but ended up being escorted out in handcuffs by police.
At the 2024 Grammy Awards, Michael Santiago Render – best known as Killer Mike – was awarded best rap song and best rap performance for “Scientists & Engineers,” and best rap album for “Michael.” “Scientists & Engineers” features Andre 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane. The award was his first Grammy in more than two decades.
After winning the third award, the Atlanta-based rapper shouted, “Sweep! Atlanta, it’s a sweep!”
The victory was short-lived as the 48-year-old rapper was detained and arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers at Crypto.com Arena.
“At around 4 p.m., an individual was detained at [Crypto.com Arena] for a physical altercation,” a LAPD spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. “The individual is currently being questioned. I cannot confirm the identity of the individual until the person is charged. The investigation is ongoing.”
An arena security official told THR that Render was detained for a reason that is unrelated to the Grammy Awards.
However, the Associated Press reported, “Police spokesperson Officer Mike Lopez said Mike being detained stemmed from an altercation inside the arena around 4 p.m.”
Before being arrested, the rapper said of earning a Grammy Award, “For all the people out there that think you get too old to rap, bulls**t. I don’t give a damn if you’re 78 rapping about how many gals you got in the nursing home, make sure we keep hip-hop alive.”
THR did not receive a comment from Killer Mike’s team, the Recording Academy, and CBS.
Killer Mike – a member of Run the Jewels – won his first Grammy Award in 2003 for best rap performance by a duo or group for “The Whole World,” with his collaboration with OutKast.
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