Renowned rapper and activist Killer Mike found himself in handcuffs at Crypto.com Arena during the Grammy Awards on Sunday, following a triumphant night where he secured three Grammy awards, marking his first win in over two decades, usnews.com reports.
The arrest, according to the report, unfolded after an altercation inside the arena around 4 pm, as captured in a video posted by The Hollywood Reporter. Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles police, confirmed the detention.
Despite the celebratory moments at the Grammys’ Premiere Ceremony, where Mike clinched awards for best rap performance, rap song, and rap album, the joy was cut short by the unexpected incident.
A spokesperson for Killer Mike has yet to respond to requests for comment.
Backstage, the 48-year-old artist reflected on his journey, stating, “The only thing that limits your age is not being truthful about your age or what you’re doing.” He acknowledged his evolution from a 20-year-old involved in drugs to a 48-year-old man filled with empathy and regret for past actions.
The first of Mike’s wins came for “Scientists & Engineers,” earning him the accolade for best rap performance and best rap song. This track features collaborations with Andre 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane. His album “Michael” secured him the Grammy for best rap album.
The Atlanta-based rapper’s previous Grammy victory dated back to 2003 for “The Whole World” in the best rap performance by a duo or group category.
During the award ceremony, Killer Mike, also known for his role in Run the Jewels alongside producer El-P, exclaimed, “Sweep! Atlanta, it’s a sweep!” The artist has not only contributed to the music scene but has also been an outspoken social-political activist, addressing issues of inequality, race relations, and supporting Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.
Beyond his musical achievements, Mike hosted the 2019 Netflix documentary series, “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike,” delving into critical topics affecting the Black community. He has also passionately intervened in protests against police brutality, exemplifying his multifaceted impact beyond the realm of music.