Rapper Killer Mike taken away by cops in handcuffs moments after winning 3 Grammy Awards

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By Kim Novak

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Rapper Killer Mike was filmed being taken away by police in handcuffs from the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, after having won three awards.

Mike, 48, whose real name is Michael Santiago Render, had won Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for 'Scientists and Engineers', and Best Rap Album for Michael, earlier in the night.

Footage shared to X showed the star being escorted through the Crypto.com Arena by police, with his hands cuffed behind his back.

An onlooker could be heard shouting: "Mike, are you serious?", to which he responded: "Yeah, I'm serious", as the other man replies: "What the f**k?", and someone can be heard saying: "Tell us about it."

Watch the moment below: 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department (via CBS), the rapper was taken into custody because of a "physical altercation that occurred at the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court."

It reported that Mike was booked for misdemeanor battery and was "in the process of being released" as of Sunday night.

The LAPD wrote on X: "LAPD NEWS: Sunday Arrest Incident. On Sunday February 4th just after 4pm a male adult was detained & handcuffed for a physical altercation that occurred at the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court.

"The suspect was placed under arrest and was transported to LAPD Central Division . The suspect has been identified as 48-year-old Michael Render and booked for Misdemeanor Battery 243(A) PC, and is in the process of being released."

At present, neither Mike's representatives or the Recording Academy have commented publicly since the incident.

Other reports stated that he was detained due to a prior incident, with sources claiming it was over "a big nothing" according to reports from The Sun.

The rapper had had a hugely successful night earlier at the awards, winning three of the coveted gongs and beating other nominees including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj.

He told the audience in one of his acceptance speeches: "I'm a Black man in America, and as a kid I had a dream to become a part of music. And that nine-year-old is excitedly dancing inside of me right now."

The latest additions to his awards shelf are Mike's first Grammys trophies in over 20 years, having previously won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for Outkast's 'The Whole World'.

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He'd earlier won three awards. Credit: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

He celebrated his third win by telling the audience: "You cannot tell me that you get too old, you can't tell me it's too late, you can't tell me dreams come true! It is a sweep, it is a sweep, it is a sweep!"

Friends and fans spoke out following Mike being taken into custody, with Meek Mill writing on X: "To arrest killer Mike immediately after the Grammies propaganda…. A lot of people are questioning the decision making and bases of the award choosing in the gen z era… their timing to award black men be totally off!"

Featured image credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Rapper Killer Mike taken away by cops in handcuffs moments after winning 3 Grammy Awards

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By Kim Novak

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Rapper Killer Mike was filmed being taken away by police in handcuffs from the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, after having won three awards.

Mike, 48, whose real name is Michael Santiago Render, had won Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for 'Scientists and Engineers', and Best Rap Album for Michael, earlier in the night.

Footage shared to X showed the star being escorted through the Crypto.com Arena by police, with his hands cuffed behind his back.

An onlooker could be heard shouting: "Mike, are you serious?", to which he responded: "Yeah, I'm serious", as the other man replies: "What the f**k?", and someone can be heard saying: "Tell us about it."

Watch the moment below: 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department (via CBS), the rapper was taken into custody because of a "physical altercation that occurred at the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court."

It reported that Mike was booked for misdemeanor battery and was "in the process of being released" as of Sunday night.

The LAPD wrote on X: "LAPD NEWS: Sunday Arrest Incident. On Sunday February 4th just after 4pm a male adult was detained & handcuffed for a physical altercation that occurred at the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court.

"The suspect was placed under arrest and was transported to LAPD Central Division . The suspect has been identified as 48-year-old Michael Render and booked for Misdemeanor Battery 243(A) PC, and is in the process of being released."

At present, neither Mike's representatives or the Recording Academy have commented publicly since the incident.

Other reports stated that he was detained due to a prior incident, with sources claiming it was over "a big nothing" according to reports from The Sun.

The rapper had had a hugely successful night earlier at the awards, winning three of the coveted gongs and beating other nominees including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj.

He told the audience in one of his acceptance speeches: "I'm a Black man in America, and as a kid I had a dream to become a part of music. And that nine-year-old is excitedly dancing inside of me right now."

The latest additions to his awards shelf are Mike's first Grammys trophies in over 20 years, having previously won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for Outkast's 'The Whole World'.

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He'd earlier won three awards. Credit: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

He celebrated his third win by telling the audience: "You cannot tell me that you get too old, you can't tell me it's too late, you can't tell me dreams come true! It is a sweep, it is a sweep, it is a sweep!"

Friends and fans spoke out following Mike being taken into custody, with Meek Mill writing on X: "To arrest killer Mike immediately after the Grammies propaganda…. A lot of people are questioning the decision making and bases of the award choosing in the gen z era… their timing to award black men be totally off!"

Featured image credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images