Rapper Killer Mike was arrested at the 66th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, putting an end to his celebration of a three-trophy sweep during the show.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Killer Mike—real name Michael Render—was taken into custody for an alleged physical altercation with a security guard at the Crypto.com Arena before the show began.
A now-viral video of the arrest published by The Hollywood Reporter shows Render being escorted out of the venue in handcuffs. The 48-year-old rapper can be heard saying “Are you serious?” as police led him away.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 5, 2024
The LAPD later confirmed that Render had been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly shoving an arena security guard to the ground shortly before 4 p.m. After being briefly held for processing, he was released around 8:30 p.m. and is now scheduled to appear in court on February 29th.
Prior to the arrest, Killer Mike won three consecutive Grammy Awards: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for the single “Scientists & Engineers” featuring Andre 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane, and Best Rap Album for “Michael.” His last Grammy win was for his 2003 album “The Whole World.”
Two days before the incident at the Grammys, Render also appeared on an episode of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” where he discussed his reluctance to pick President Joe Biden over former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election.
“You can’t get yourself to say, ‘Vote for Biden over Trump?’” Maher pressed after several attempts to extract a formal endorsement from the rapper.
“Can he get himself to apologize for the crime bill?” Render replied. “Can he get himself to get his head out of his a** and say ‘black people, you are black regardless? I need you to tell me what I need to do.’”
“Can he pick a coalition of former people who were affected by drug law, street gangs, recidivism, and crime and say ‘I need you as a board to advise me how to fix federal prisons’?” Render continued. “If he can do that, absolutely I can. So, my challenge is out.”