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Ironically, the calypso finalists in this year's competition threatened to boycott the event over the failure to increase the top prize to $1 million.
The Carnival Queen was then a beauty pageant and received several thousand dollars in prize money.
The Calypso King prize was a mere $50. Out of the disparity came the restructuring of the show by removing the Carnival Queen segment and replacing it with the judging of a Queen of the Bands.