Following an extraordinary night of winning three Grammy Awards, rapper Killer Mike, whose real name is Michael Render, faced an unexpected turn of events. The acclaimed artist was arrested after an apparent confrontation at the Crypto.com Arena, where the Grammy Awards took place.
The Los Angeles Police Department reported that Killer Mike was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon due to a “physical altercation” during the pre-televised segment of the awards presentation. The incident unfolded in the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court, near Crypto.com Arena, the venue for the Grammy Awards.
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
The rapper, who secured victories in the categories of Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album during the pre-show Premiere Ceremony, was later seen being escorted out of the arena in handcuffs by LAPD officers. The exact details of the altercation leading to his arrest remain undisclosed.
According to authorities, Killer Mike was charged with misdemeanor violence and subsequently booked. Records show that he was released on his recognizance around 8:37 p.m. PST, with a court date scheduled for February 29.
The rapper’s attorney, addressing the situation, informed Variety that Killer Mike had been released and planned to celebrate his Grammy sweep that night.
The arrest occurred despite Killer Mike’s triumphant night at the Grammys, where he won all three categories for which he was nominated. His sixth studio album, “Michael,” released in June 2023, clinched the Best Rap Album award. The single “Scientists & Engineers” featuring Eryn Allen Kane, Future, and André 3000 earned him Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance accolades.
The rapper’s victory marked his return to the Grammy stage, having last won the prestigious award in 2003 for outstanding rap performance by a duet or group on OutKast’s “The Whole World.” Despite the unexpected turn of events, Killer Mike’s musical achievements remained a highlight of the Grammy Awards. Requests for comments from Killer Mike’s and the Grammys’ representatives were not immediately answered, leaving the details surrounding the altercation and subsequent arrest shrouded in mystery.