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pop star Kate Perry was given the international song of the year award for I Kissed a Girl at a French music award, but it turns out her song wasn’t the best after all.

The host of the NRJ Music Award in the Riviera resort of Cannes announced at the end of the show Saturday that there had been a mistake in vote-counting and that Perry was not the winner.

The award instead went to Barbados-born singer Rihanna for Disturbia.

The trophies were handed out based on results of audience votes on NRJ’s Web site in the weeks leading up to the awards ceremony.

Perry, who had stepped up to the podium to pick up the award for international song of the year, did however win in another category — best international album for One of the Boys.

The international female artist of the year award went to Britney Spears who was not present to receive the honor. The Pussycat Dolls won for best international group and Enrique Iglesias was named top international male artist.

Actor Patrick Swayze, the Dirty Dancing star who is battling pancreatic cancer, has been released from a weeklong stay at a hospital where he was treated for pneumonia, People magazine reported on Friday. Swayze, 56, was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, hours before he was scheduled to appear at a gathering of television critics to promote his new TV crime drama, The Beast, which premiered on the A&E cable network on Thursday.

Tom Cruise, who fails to assassinate Adolph Hitler in his new movie Valkyrie, said he grew up really wanting to kill the Nazi leader.

In the World War II thriller based on a true story of the unsuccessful attempt by German soldiers to kill Hitler, Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenber who plants a briefcase bomb under a table at Hitler’s military headquarters.

A heavy wooden table saves Hitler and Stauffenberg is executed with his co-conspirators.

“I always wanted to kill Hitler, I hated him,” the Hollywood star of such major blockbusters as Top Gun and Mission Impossible, told the press during a visit to Seoul to promote his latest film.

“As a child studying history and looking at documents, I wondered, why didn’t someone stand up and try to stop it? When I read the script, it was entertaining and informative to know what the challenges were and what it was like to be in the environment.”

Stauffenberg’s legacy helped ease the burden of guilt about World War II and the Holocaust Germans still endure. But Germans had balked at the prospect of Cruise playing Stauffenberg as they objected to the actor’s ties to Scientology, the movement founded in the 1950s by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Germany, which does not recognize Scientology as a religion and regards it as a cult, made it difficult for the crew to film in the Bendlerblock building and courtyard where Stauffenberg was shot dead.

“I’ve never heard of this story before ... It turned out to be an incredible adventure, just to be there and shoot at these locations that Stauffenberg was. It was a very powerful experience and hopefully it will communicate with the audience,” the actor said.

“It has certainly influenced my life, just knowing that there were people who tried to stop him (Hitler).”

Valkyrie, directed by Bryan Singer, opened in the US on Dec. 25 and fared better than skeptics had predicted, reaching No. 4 in the North American box office ratings for the three-day weekend starting Dec. 26. It opens on Thursday in Seoul for the first time in Asia.

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