Rapper Michael “Killer” Mike was handcuffed and escorted out of the 66th Grammy Awards ceremony after winning three awards in the pre-televised segment. The 48-year-old artist won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for the song “Scientists and Engineers,” as well as Best Rap Album for “Michael.”
The incident occurred as he was leaving the Crypto.com Arena, and a fan shouted, “Free Mike!” Video footage showed the rapper walking with handcuffed arms behind his back. Michael Render, also known as Killer Mike, was reportedly held and questioned at the venue.
In a folow-up post, Gardner wrote: “An official tells someone on his team that it’s possible he may be released later tonight from the arena.”
He went on to say that the artist had been charged with a previous “misdemeanour” rather than anything that had occurred within the theater.
“Just spoke to an official who tells me it’s a misdemeanour and has nothing to do with anything that happened today here inside the arena,” he wrote.
“Likely he will be released once it’s sorted.”
Later, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a brief statement.
“At around 4pm, an individual was detained for a physical altercation,” the LAPD said, referring to an incident from earlier in the day.
“The individual is currently being questioned.”
At 6.15pm local time, Gardner added an update.
“The scene outside the security room where Killer Mike was held dispersed, with LAPD officers exiting the area and members of the rapper’s entourage also moving briskly through the arena,” he wrote
Fans voiced their horror as word of the occurrence spread on social media platforms.
“How tf did Killer Mike get arrested literally right after winning a Grammy???” one fan wondered.
“Congrats to Killer Mike on the Grammy wins. Much deserved. He was then promptly arrested,” wrote another.
“Killer Mike can win 3 Grammys and still end up handcuffed in the middle of the afternoon and perp walked by the LAPD,” added a third.
“Manhandled and publicly humiliated on the biggest night of his career smh.”
Killer Mike has since tweeted about his wins without referring to the handcuff incident.
“Thank God,” he wrote on X.
“DREAMS COME TRUE – IT’S A SWEEP!”