- January 27:
Michael arrives half-way through the American Music Awards ceremony in company of Elizabeth Taylor where he, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Ken Kragen receive awards for We Are The World. At the show’s conclusion, they join many celebrities including Diana Ross, Janet & LaToya.
Michael is asked to be best man at the wedding of Diana Ross & Arne Naess but he cancels at the last minute and stops talking to Diana…
- February 2:
Michael gives a 5 minutes interview about Quincy Jones for CBS 60 minutes programme.
- February 25:
Michael, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones & Stevie attend the Grammy Awards where We Are The World receives four awards.
- March 8:
Heart transplant recipient Donna Ashlock visits Michael at Hayvenhurst. She stays for lunch and watches a movie with Michael.
Michael accompanies Elizabeth Taylor to the opening of the Hollywood Park Race Track in Inglewood .
- May :
Michael attends Jermaine's concert in Los Angeles with Janet & LaToya. He is disguised as "Uncle Willy".
- May 9:
Michael with Emmanuel Lewis & aides stay at the Hemsley Palace Hotel.
- May 10:
Michael & Emmanuel attend the Sunday matinee of Broadway’s Big Deal
- May 12:
During a press conference at New York ’s Red Parrot, Pepsi announces a new contract with Michael for a reported $15 million and he receives a Guinness Book of World Records plaque for having received the largest fee ever for a product endorsement.
- May 13:
On their last evening in New York , Michael & Emmanuel watch The Little Shop Of Horrors.
Michael & Corey Feldman go to Disneyland . For the first time, Michael is seen in public with a surgical mask.
- July 30:
Michael attend the funeral of film director Vincento Minnelli with his daughter Liza & widow Lee at the Forrest Lawn Cemetary in Glendale, California.
After writing many songs, Michael starts recording a new album with Quincy Jones.
Michael attends the concert of the Norwegian group A-Ha in Hollywood with good friend Sophia Loren and arrives in a surgical mask.
- September 12:
Captain EO, Michael’s 17 minute 3-D musical fantasy is premiered at Epcot Center in Disneyworld ( Florida ) and the day after in Disneyland ( California ).
- September 16:
Michael appears on the cover of National Enquirer in an oxygen chamber
Michael & Elizabeth Taylor attend a Liza Minnelli concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood .
Michael & Run-DMC work together on an anti-drug song.
- November 19-29:
Michael films a 16 minutes video for the song Bad directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring Wesley Snipes. Scenes are filmed in Dobbs Ferry , a tiny hamlet in upstate New York and in a subway of Brooklyn . The song and video tell the story of Daryl, a black youth from the ghetto who returns home from his private school.
Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones & Sean Lennon visit Michael on the set.
- November 19 :
Michael attends the Little Shop Of Horrors premiere at the Beekman Theatre in NYC.
Rumours circulate about Michael having an affair with his make-up artist Karen Faye.
- December 10:
Michael attends a presentation by the American Friends Of The Hebrew University where Steven Spielberg receives the coveted Scopus Award.
- December 19:
Michael attends a performance of The Little Shop Of Horror.
- December 26:
Jermaine’s mistress, Margaret Maldonado gives birth to a baby boy named Jeremy Jackson.