Killer Mike’s Arresting Grammy Night and Jay-Z’s Quest for Validation

The Recording Academy and CBS Television have presented the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards Show in Los Angeles. (Photo: grammy.com)

By Stacy M. Brown

Fresh off his uninformed tirade two days earlier when he declared his more than three-decade animus toward President Joe Biden because the then-Senator pushed a highly consequential crime bill, Killer Mike spun around in disbelief and joy over his big Grammy Award wins.

The hip-hop star, who for some reason won’t hold the twice-impeached and four-times indicted former President Donald Trump accountable for things like calling for the death of the Exonerated Five, continued racist attacks on Black and other women of color, caging infants and separating them from their families, saw his fortunes immediately turn however as Los Angeles Police Officers waited backstage and led him out of  Crypto Arena in handcuffs.

“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,” authorities said a news release.

The awards had several surprises, including Celine Dion presenting Taylor Swift with Album of the Year honors and Jay-Z ripping the Grammys for his wife, Beyonce, being snubbed in every category she was nominated. Between them, the power couple has won an astounding 55 Grammys but apparently Jay-Z continues to seek validation for his immensely decorated family, but seemingly could care less about those who look like him that wishes to honor and  celebrate his greatness. Yes, the Brooklyn-born former drug dealer has reached the pinnacle of success, the personification of Black Excellence, yet his companies continually lack Black representation and he’s surrounded himself with those who repeatedly say no to interviews and other requests from the Black Press of America.

 

Here is a list of many of the winners:

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Midnights, Taylor Swift

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Flowers, Miley Cyrus

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

What Was I Made For?, Billie Eilish (from the motion picture Barbie); Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Victoria Monet

 

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Midnights, Taylor Swift

 

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

Flowers, Miley Cyrus

 

BEST MUSICA URBANA ALBUM

Manana Sera Bonito, Karol G

 

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Bell Bottom Country, Lainey Wilson

 

BEST R&B SONG

Snooze, by SZA; Kenny B Edmonds, Blair Ferguson, Khris Riddick-Tynes, Solana Rowe and Leon Thomas, songwriters

 

THE DR DRE GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD

Jay-Z

 

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Ghost in the Machine, SZA featuring Phoebe Bridgers

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

The Record, Boygenius

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL

Theron Thomas

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL

Jack Antonoff

 

BEST R&B ALBUM

Jaguar II, Victoria Monet

 

BEST PROGRESSIVE R&B ALBUM

SOS, SZA

 

BEST AUDIO BOOK, NARRATION AND STORYTELLING RECORDING

The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times, Michelle Obama

 

BEST REGGAE ALBUM

Colors of Royal, Julian Marley and Antaeus

 

BEST LATIN ROCK OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM (tie)

Vida Cotidiana, Juanes and De Todas Las Flores, Natalia Lafourcade

 

BEST LATIN POP ALBUM

X Mi (Vol 1), Gaby Moreno

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

Michael, Killer Mike

 

BEST RAP SONG

Scientists & Engineers, Killer Mike ft Andre 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane

 

BEST FOLK ALBUM

Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live), Joni Mitchell

 

BEST ROCK ALBUM

This Is Why, Paramore

 

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

Not Strong Enough, Boygenius

 

BEST ROCK SONG

Not Strong Enough, Boygenius

 

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

Weathervanes, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

 

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

72 Seasons, Metallica

 

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

The Winds of Change, Billy Childs

 

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM

How Love Begins, Nicole Zuraitis

 

BEST COMEDY ALBUM

What’s in a Name?, Dave Chappelle

 

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

All Things New: Live in Orlando, Tye Tribbett

 

BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM

Church Clothes 4, Lecrae

 

BEST AFRICAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Water, Tyla

 

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