At the 2024 Grammys, rapper Killer Mike, also known as Michael Santiago Render, faced a surprising turn of events when he was reportedly detained shortly after accepting three Grammy awards.
The incident occurred at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com arena during the ceremony on February 4.
Killer Mike secured victories in three categories during the pre-televised portion of the event: Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his track “Scientists & Engineers,” and Best Rap Album for “Michael.”
Following his wins, reports emerged that Killer Mike was escorted out of the arena in handcuffs by law enforcement. The reason for his detainment remains unclear, and representatives for Killer Mike as well as Los Angeles police have yet to provide comment on the matter.
A clip of the incident surfaced online, showing Killer Mike being escorted out of the arena. According to a statement from an official, the detainment is reportedly unrelated to any incident that occurred during the Grammy ceremony and is likely to be resolved soon.
Despite the unexpected turn of events, Killer Mike expressed gratitude for his wins, marking his first Grammy victory in over 20 years. He previously won in 2003 for his feature on OutKast’s “The Whole World.” Reflecting on his success, Killer Mike emphasized the importance of perseverance and imagination in achieving one’s goals.