Killer Mike
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Rapper Killer Mike added sensational drama to the biggest musical night — the Grammys — as he was arrested and taken away in handcuffs during the event on Monday. The rapper’s lawyer later confirmed that “he’s out and will be celebrating his sweep tonight.”

Killer Mike, whose real name is Michael Santiago Render, was taken away in handcuffs at the Arena during the Grammys 2024 on Monday after winning three awards before the main broadcast, The New York Post reported.

He was arrested due to an alleged physical altercation with a security guard at the event, according to law enforcement officials.

Killer Mike’s lawyer was quoted by Variety as saying that “Killer Mike was released. He’s out and will be celebrating his sweep tonight.”

Videos posted on X showed Killer Mike being led away in handcuffs, as some people shouted “Free Mike” in the background.

The detainment happened shortly after the 48-year-old won three Grammy Awards during the pre-televised portion. He won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his song ‘Scientists & Engineers’ and Best Rap Album for ‘Michael’.

Killer Mike won in all three of the categories he was nominated in.

His song ‘Scientists & Engineers’ featured Andre 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane. It beat Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Hillbillies’, Black Thought’s ‘Love Letter’, Coi Leray’s ‘Players’, and Drake and 21 Savage’s ‘Rich Flex’ in the best rap category.

Killer Mike’s album ‘Michael’ beat Drake and 21 Savage’s ‘Her Loss’, Metro Boomin’s ‘Heroes & Villains’, Nas’ ‘King’s Disease III’ and Travis Scott’s ‘Utopia’ in best rap album.

Killer Mike won his first Grammy on Monday since 2003 when he was originally nominated and took home the trophy for best rap performance by a duo or group for his contribution to OutKast’s ‘The Whole World.’ Along with rapper and producer El-P, he was nominated for best rap song in 2018 for the song ‘Chase Me’ by Run the Jewels, a hip-hop combo, as per Variety.