Family First! Rihanna Snubs BET Awards For Cosy Dinner Date With Dad (PHOTOS)

Rihanna ditched the glitz and glam of the BET Awards last night in exchange for a mellow dinner date at her favourite restaurant in Los Angeles, where she was joined by her father Ronald Fenty.

The 26-year-old was spotted embracing her dad on Sunday evening after arriving at the Giorgio Baldi restaurant, which she is a huge fan of and clearly wanted to share their Italian dishes with her nearest and dearest.

Rihanna was accompanied by her father Ronald for a dinner date at Giorgio Baldi (SPW/Splash News)

RiRi also used the outing as an opportunity to show her support for Mexico, wearing a green Adidas jacket for the country’s team on the day they had gotten knocked out of the World Cup.

It’s clear RiRi was more in the mood to spend quality time with her loved ones as she was a no-show at the BET Awards, which was taking place at LA’s Nokia Theatre.

The singer seemed especially pleased to see her dad, greeting him with a huge hug (AKM-GSI)

The ceremony saw the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union and Pharrell Williams in attendance, as well as the singers’ ex Chris Brown, who returned to the stage for the first time this year following his release from jail.

First selfie! She wasn’t at this year’s ceremony but RiRi reflected on her first BET Awards experience at the age of 17! (Rihanna/Twitter)

However, she did reminisce over the awards show yesterday, posting a photo of herself while in attendance at the ceremony at the very beginning of her career.

“When I was 17, I took my first selfie! #RihannaBETAwards,” RiRi tweeted alongside the throwback selfie.

Find out what Rihanna missed at the BET Awards with all the red carpet photos below…

Amber Rose attends the 2014 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles (FayesVision/WENN)