Killer Mike’s Big Night Ends in Handcuffs: Arrested at Grammys After Winning 3 Awards

Killer Mike, the Atlanta-based rapper and activist, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge at the 2024 Grammy Awards on February 4, after winning three awards.

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Killer Mike was detained at the Grammy trophies on Sunday, after winning three trophies, including his first in almost two decades.

Mike was led in handcuffs by Los Angeles police at Arena, according to a video uploaded by the trade website The Hollywood Reporter, following some wonderful moments for him at the Grammys’ Premiere Ceremony on Sunday, when he won three prizes in rapid succession.

Killer Mike on Grammys arrest

Officer Mike Lopez, a police spokeswoman, said Mike was detained after an argument inside the arena at 4 p.m. He was booked for a misdemeanor.

Killer Mike Arrested By Police Following Altercation At The Grammy Awards After Earning 3 Trophies (1)
Killer Mike arrested by police following altercation at the Grammy Awards after earning 3 trophies (1)

The rapper, actual name Michael Render, was released on his own recognizance at 8:37 p.m. and is set to appear in court in Los Angeles on February 29.

Mike’s representative did not immediately reply to emails or text messages seeking comment.

“The only thing that limits your age is not being truthful about your age or what you’re doing,” Mike, 48, remarked backstage. He won for best rap performance, song, and album.

“At 20 years old, I thought it was cool to be a drug dealer,” he told me. “At forty, I began to live with my regrets and the things I had done. At 45, I began to rap about it. “At 48, I stand here as a guy full of empathy and sympathy for what I’ve done.

Mike’s first award came for best rap performance with “Scientists & Engineers,” which also won best rap tune. The song includes Andre 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane.

He won Best Rap Album for “Michael.”

Mike’s latest Grammy was in 2003, when “The Whole World” won for best rap performance by a duo or group.

When he received his third award, the Atlanta-based rapper exclaimed, “Sweep! Atlanta, it is a sweep!”

Killer Mike Accepts The Award For Best Rap Album For “Michael” During The 66Th Annual Grammy Awards On Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, In Los Angeles
Killer Mike accepts the award for best rap album for “Michael” during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles

Mike released four critically acclaimed albums as a part of Run the Jewels, working with producer El-P. Outside of music, he built a name for himself as a social-political activist, speaking out against inequality for Black people, and racial relations, and became an outspoken backer of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

The Grammy winner presented Netflix’s “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike,” a 2019 documentary series highlighting Black community issues. In addition, he made an impassioned plea to quiet a violent demonstration against police brutality in Atlanta.

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