Rapper Killer Mike was escorted out of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards in handcuffs by police, despite having won three of the most prestigious awards in the music industry for his rap work. The incident happened after he won three major awards in 2003—Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album—for his work on the OutKast album Stankonia, which broke records. He expressed gratitude to Future, Andre 3000, and Eryn Allen Kane in his acceptance speech. Comedian and former “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah hosted the 66th Grammy Awards, which were televised live from Los Angeles’ Crypto Arena on CBS.
Rapper The Singer’s career has been an up-and-down roller coaster. After his debut album yielded multiple top 10 hits, he rose to prominence in the hip-hop industry and became even more well-known for his politically charged lyrics, which frequently denounced social injustices such as police brutality. He has also established himself as a prominent activist, voicing his opinions on matters impacting African Americans and promoting the Democratic Party. In addition to speaking out against police brutality and inequality following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and other high-profile deaths like that of Freddie Gray, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, he has hosted the documentary series Trigger Warning with Killer Mike on Netflix.
PEOPLE has reached out to the rapper, Michael Render in real life, for a statement. “A male adult was detained around 4 pm on Sunday after he involved himself in a physical altercation,” an LAPD spokesperson informed us.