By Sarah Bull

She's tried blonde, black and red, and experimented with straight hair, curly bobs and sleek bangs.

But now Rihanna has decided to update her look once again, going for one of her most drastic changes yet with a super-short cropped hairdo.

The 24-year-old singer showcased her new style as she arrived at the Staples Center in Los Angeles ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Thursday).

Who's that chick? Rihanna looked drastically different as she debuted her new super-short hairdo in Los Angeles today (Thursday)

Dressed down diva: Rihanna went for a casual look as she arrived for the VMA rehearsal, in a Céline T-shirt, jeans and trainers

The incredibly short look is a sharp contrast to the long wavy hair Rihanna has been sporting in recent weeks.

However, it's not the first time Rihanna has tried out a more androgynous look with her barnet, as she previously sported a crop for her role as Cora Raikes in blockbuster movie Battleship earlier this year.

She also had a shorter 'do back in 2009, but the style was longer on top giving it a more feminine feel. The new look is undoubtedly the shortest Rihanna has ever had her hair.

Surprisingly, Rihanna made no mention of her new look on her Twitter page, where she usually keeps fans regularly updated with any changes in her appearance.

Colour chameleon: Rihanna has tried out everything from blonde to bright red over the years

New day, new 'do: Rihanna works with celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen to constantly update her locks

Rihanna works with celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen to come up with inventive new ideas for her hair. And in a recent interview, Ursula explained how they go about coming up with a new concept.

She said: 'We are always changing it up, experimenting, and having fun with hair. That’s what I love to do!

'Her hairstyle typically changes depending on what’s on our agenda, what she’s wearing, or how she’s feeling.

'We take it day by day and event by event, and usually will both bring ideas to the table. It’s always a collaboration, which is such a great way to work.'

Screen star: Rihanna had short hair for her role in blockbuster movie Battleship, but it was just a wig

The new look comes ahead of Rihanna's highly-anticipated performance at tonight's VMA awards, where the singer will open the show with a rendition of new track Cockiness (Love It), alongside A$AP Rocky.

Other performances at the event will come from stars including Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Taylor Swift and Frank Ocean.

As she arrived for rehearsals, Rihanna looked excited about the upcoming event, and waved eagerly at her waiting fans.

Buns of steel: Rihanna sported a high top knot as she left her hotel in London last Saturday afternoon

The singer dressed down in a Céline T-shirt, jeans and a pair of colourful Cleveland Cavalier-edition Air Jordan #4's as she made her way into the venue.

However, Rihanna's fans are sure to be waiting with bated breath to see what outrageous costume the singer pulls out of the bag for her VMA performance.

As well as taking to the stage at the event, Rihanna is up for five awards including Video of The Year, Best Pop Video and Best Female Video.

VMA queen: Rihanna's fans are waiting to see what her performance will be like at the VMA's tonight. In 2010, she joined Eminem on stage for a stunning duet

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