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Rapper's Night of Accolades Ends in Confusion as Killer Mike Leaves Grammys in Handcuffs

Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike experienced both triumph and turbulence at the 2024 Grammy Awards, where he clinched three accolades, only to be later reportedly escorted away in handcuffs by Los Angeles police officers.

Chris Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of Killer Mike's arrest, sharing videos on social media capturing the rapper being led away by several police officers at the Arena in Los Angeles, CA, shortly after accepting his Grammy wins.

Details about the arrest remain scant, with Gardner unable to ascertain the charges at the time. An unnamed official revealed to Gardner that the charges were classified as "a misdemeanor" and clarified that the incident was unrelated to the events within the arena during the Grammy ceremony.

Killer Mike secured a triple victory at the Grammys, winning Best Rap Album for "Mike," Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance for his single "Scientists & Engineers," featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane. The collaborative track also earned accolades for the featured artists.

Entering the televised segment of the Grammy Awards, Killer Mike shared the spotlight for the second-most wins of the night with Boygenius, each claiming victories in rock and alternative categories. Phoebe Bridgers led with four trophies, including an individual award separate from her group Boygenius.

Previously, Killer Mike had won a single Grammy in 2003 as a featured artist on OutKast's "The Whole World." Tonight's wins marked a career milestone for the rapper, surpassing his previous solitary achievement. In 2018, he was nominated as part of the group Run the Jewels but did not secure a win.

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