Rihanna Steps Out Ahead Of BRIT Awards 2012 In Hooded Dress

21 February 2012, 15:32 | Updated: 21 February 2012, 16:06

The 'We Found Love' singer is preparing to head to London's O2 Arena for the BRITs 2012 this evening.

Rihanna has been pictured stepping out in London today (21st February) ahead of her appearance at the BRIT Awards 2012 later tonight.

The 'You Da One' singer donned a white hooded dress and bright blue high heels while being photographed leaving her hotel in the UK capital, before she heads to the O2 Arena for her performance at tonight's awards show.

For the second year running Rihanna has been nominated in the BRIT Awards category for Best International Female, alongside other artists including Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Last night Rihanna was pictured leaving London's Nozomi restaurant on Monday after celebrating her 24th birthday with several friends at the venue.

The 'We Found Love' unveiled a remix of her 'Talk That Talk' album track 'Birthday Cake' yesterday (20th February) which features 'Beautiful People' singer Chris Brown.

Rihanna is expected to perform tonight at the BRIT Awards 2012 alongside other performers including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Adele and Bruno Mars. 

View a picture of Rihanna stepping out in central London below (Picture: Barcroft Media):

Rihanna in London