Killer Mike Arrested After Winning 3 Grammys

Rapper was booked on misdemeanor charge after alleged altercation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 4, 2024 8:14 PM CST
Updated Feb 5, 2024 12:45 AM CST
Killer Mike Wins 3 Grammys, Gets Detained by Cops
Killer Mike poses in the press room with the awards for best rap performance and best rap song for "Scientists & Engineers," and best rap album for "Michael" during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Killer Mike was arrested at the Grammy Awards on Sunday after the rapper and activist won three Grammy awards including his first in more than two decades, the AP reports. In a video posted by the Hollywood Reporter, Mike was escorted in handcuffs by Los Angeles police at Arena after some joyous moments for him at the Grammys' Premiere Ceremony on Sunday, where he won his awards in quick succession. Police spokesperson Officer Mike Lopez said Mike being detained stemmed from an altercation inside the arena around 4pm. He was booked on a misdemeanor. The rapper, whose real name is Michael Render, was released on his own recognizance at 8:37pm and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 29 in Los Angeles.

"The only thing that limits your age is not being truthful about your age or what you're doing," the 48-year-old Mike said backstage before he was detained. He won for best rap performance, rap song, and rap album. "At 20 years old, I thought it was cool to be a drug dealer," he said. "At 40, I started to live with the regrets and the things I've done. At 45, I started to rap about it. At 48, I stand here as a man full of empathy and sympathy for the things I've done." Before Sunday, Mike's last Grammy came in 2003 when he won best rap performance by a duo or group for The Whole World.

(More Grammy Awards stories.)

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