Killer Mike Handcuffed for Alleged Misdemeanor Immediately After Winning 3 Grammys

Video shows the Atlanta rapper being escorted by authorities inside arena.

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Killer Mike was seen handcuffed inside arena after winning three Grammys, including one for Best Rap Album.

The incident occurred on Sunday night while the awards were going on inside the Los Angeles arena. Video footage has circulated online showing the rapper in handcuffs and being escorted by several police officers. 

"Are you serious? What the fuck," someone can be heard saying off-camera. 

Journalist Chris Gardner tweeted that an official believed Mike could be released at some point on Sunday. According to Gardner, the cuffing is over a misdemeanor that had nothing to do with the Grammys. According to his source, it's "a big nothing."

Breaking: Rapper Killer Mike has been taken away in handcuffs in arena after winning 3 #Grammys during telecast (Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Scientists & Engineers,” Best Rap Album for Michael) “Free Mike” someone shouts as he walks past.

— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 5, 2024
Twitter: @chrissgardner

An official tells someone on his team that it’s possible he may be released later tonight from the arena. Unclear if he’s being booked here and what he’s charged with. Trying to find out. #Grammys

— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 5, 2024
Twitter: @chrissgardner

#Grammys chief Harvey Mason is now here, talking to Mike’s team and officials.

— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 5, 2024
Twitter: @chrissgardner

Later in the night, reporter Tomas Mier tweeted that Killer Mike was "detained following a physical altercation," and later questioned. An investigation is "ongoing," per Mier.

LAPD confirms that Killer Mike was detained following a physical altercation. He was questioned on scene and an investigation is ongoing

— Tomás Mier (@Tomas_Mier) February 5, 2024
Twitter: @Tomas_Mier

Killer Mike won the awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Scientists & Engineers,” and Best Rap Album for Michael. His Best Rap Performance win is shared with featured artists André 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane. He also shares Best Rap Song with co-writer André 3000, Paul Beauregard, James Blake, Tim Moore, and Dion Wilson.

In his acceptance speech for one of the awards, Mike stated, "You can't tell me that you getting too old. You can't tell me it's too late. You can't tell me dreams don't come true. It is a sweep, it is a sweep, it is a sweep."

Sometime after his arrest, Mike also tweeted, "“Thank God. 🏆🙏🏾🏆🙏🏾🏆🙏🏾 🧹 🧹 🧹.”

Thank God. 🏆🙏🏾🏆🙏🏾🏆🙏🏾 🧹 🧹 🧹

— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) February 5, 2024
Twitter: @KillerMike

The Atlanta native had only won one Grammy in 2003 when Outkast won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "The Whole World." The 48-year-old's Best Rap Album win saw him defeat Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, Nas, and Drake and 21 Savage for the coveted trophy. After Mike's win, Scott took to X, formerly Twitter, and posted a confused face emoji.


— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) February 4, 2024
Twitter: @trvisXX

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