A US rapper and activist, Killer Mike, has been detained and dragged out of the Grammy Awards.
A video released on social media by The Hollywood Reporter’s Chris Gardner shows Los Angeles police transporting the rapper in handcuffs on Sunday after he had previously won three of the music industry’s most prestigious hip-hop awards.
A Los Angeles Police Department official told the Associated Press that the hip-hop musician was arrested at 4 p.m. after an altercation inside the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, where the awards presentation was taking place.
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
At the 66th edition of the annual awards show on Sunday, Killer Mike, whose real name is Michael Santiago Render, and collaborators won the Grammy for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance for Scientists & Engineers, and Best Rap Album for Michael.
The awards were Killer Mike’s first Grammy wins since he was honored for best rap performance by a duo or group in 2003 for his work on hip hop duo OutKast’s The Whole World.
Killer Mike, who made his recording debut on OutKast’s 2000 album Stankonia, is known for his outspoken views on social justice issues, including race relations and the treatment of Black people in the United States.
In 2019, he hosted Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, a documentary series examining issues affecting the Black community.