The brightest stars in music came together last night (Feb 4) to celebrate the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA. The prestigious awards show is put on by the Recording Academy, whose mission is to “recognize excellence in the recording arts and sciences, cultivate the well-being of the music community, and ensure that music remains an indelible part of our culture.”
However for one artist, what started as a night of celebration, ended with a run-in with the law.
Rapper Killer Mike was arrested and escorted out of the Grammy Awards
Rap artist Killer Mike, legal name Michael Render, was detained by law enforcement and escorted out of the venue during the Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb 4). According to reports, the 48-year-old was placed in handcuffs as a result of a “physical altercation” with Grammy security that occurred earlier in the day, and was charged with misdemeanor battery.
Chris Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news when he shared a video of the rapper being led away in handcuffs by LAPD officers online.
Breaking: Rapper Killer Mike has been taken away in handcuffs in https://t.co/aF2yiyTHol arena after winning 3 #Grammys during telecast (Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Scientists & Engineers,” Best Rap Album for Michael) “Free Mike” someone shouts as he walks past. pic.twitter.com/4epfmzqMt8
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 5, 2024
Prior to the abrupt and early end, Killer Mike was having a huge night, taking home all three of the Grammy Awards for which he was nominated. He won Best Rap Album for his album Michael, as well as Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance for his single “Scientists & Engineers.” That track features André 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane, who all also took home awards for their work with Mike.
Killer Mike was released from police custody a few hours later
In a series of tweets, the LAPD confirmed the identity of the man taken into custody and also revealed that he was in the process of being released – roughly six hours after being detained.
The suspect has been identified as 48-year-old Michael Render and booked for Misdemeanor Battery 243(A) PC, and is in the process of being released.
— LAPD PIO (@LAPDPIO) February 5, 2024
Killer Mike has not yet commented on the situation but has taken to social media to celebrate his Grammy wins.
DREAMS COME TRUE – IT’S A SWEEP!
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) February 5, 2024