Killer Mike at the 2024 Grammys: Key details about the Atlanta rapper’s awards

Rap artist Killer Mike hosted this listening party for his new solo album “MICHAEL” in metro Atlanta in June 2023.  The album won best rap album during the 2024 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. Ryon Horne/RHORNE@AJC.COM

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Rap artist Killer Mike hosted this listening party for his new solo album “MICHAEL” in metro Atlanta in June 2023. The album won best rap album during the 2024 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. Ryon Horne/RHORNE@AJC.COM

Atlanta rapper Killer Mike won three Grammys Sunday for best rap album, best rap performance and best rap song — winning all the awards he was nominated for.

The album award was for “Michael,” Killer Mike’s first solo album in over a decade.

His Grammys for best rap performance and best rap song were both for “Scientists & Engineers,” a song from the new album that included R&B singer Eryn Allen Kane and fellow Atlanta rappers Future and André 3000.

The honors were awarded outside of primetime, during a pre-show held at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles.

His life as a rapper originated in Atlanta’s underground hip-hop scene. Born Michael Render, he described the 2023 album in an interview with The Monica Pearson Show on AJC as an effort to introduce audiences to the real Killer Mike.

“It’s my story about a 9-year-old boy growing up empowered in a prominently Black city in the South,” said Mike. “Atlanta is to Black people what Mecca is to Muslims. I want people to come here and plant roots here.” Watch a clip from the Monica Pearson interview below:

Read and listen to more about Killer Mike from the AJC

Read the AJC’s review of “Michael,” written by DeAsia Paige. She wrote the album is “potent at unveiling the intimate storytelling and stirring vulnerability of the man behind the activism and [part of the rap duo] Run the Jewels.”

Killer Mike performs at ONE Musicfest at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, October 29, 2023. (Arvin Temkar / arvin.temkar@ajc.com)

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