Killer Mike Handcuffed, Escorted Out of Grammys After Winning 3 Awards

Rapper Killer Mike was handcuffed and escorted by police out of the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening. He had won three Grammys during the pre-televised portion of the ceremony.

The LAPD confirmed that an individual was detained after a “physical altercation” at Arena, where the Grammys are being held, but would not comment on the person’s identity. The Hollywood Reporter writer Chris Gardner broke the news with his videos of Killer Mike being detained on X/Twitter. Variety has reached out to Killer Mike’s representatives, CBS, the Recording Academy and the LAPD for more information.

Killer Mike won three awards during the pre-show ceremony, which handed out several Grammys ahead of the main telecast beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT. Gardner’s video posted on X/Twitter showed Killer Mike being escorted by police in handcuffs around 4:22 p.m. PT

Killer Mike won in all three of the categories he was nominated in: best rap song and best rap performance for his track “Scientists & Engineers” and best rap album for “Michael,” his sixth studio album released in June 2023.

His song “Scientists & Engineers” featured André 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 performance race. In best rap song, the track triumphed over “Rich Flex”; Doja Cat’s “Attention”; Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice and Aqua’s “Barbie World” and Lil Uzi Vert’s “Just Wanna Rock.”

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.

Sunday night marked Killer Mike’s first Grammy Award wins since 2003, when he was first nominated and won for his feature on OutKast’s “The Whole World” in the best rap performance by a duo or group. He was also nominated for best rap song in 2018 for “Chase Me” by Run the Jewels, his hip-hop duo with rapper and producer El-P.

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