Killer Mike has been arrested and booked for “misdemeanor battery” after an alleged physical altercation backstage at the 2024 Grammy awards, just after he won three awards including his first in more than two decades.

“On Sunday, 4 February, just after 4pm, a male adult was detained and handcuffed for a physical altercation that occurred at the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court,” a statement said.

“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.”

In footage captured by the Hollywood Reporter at the annual music awards, the 48-year-old rapper was handcuffed and escorted out by Los Angeles police at Crypto Arena.

It came just after some joyous moments for him at the Grammy premiere ceremony, where he won three awards in quick succession: best rap album for his album Michael, and best rap song and best rap performance for his track Scientists and Engineers featuring Andre 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane.