- January 27:
Michael arrived half-way through the American Music Awards ceremony in company of Elizabeth Taylor where he, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Ken Kragen received awards for “We Are The World”. At the show’s conclusion, they joined many celebrities including Diana Ross, Janet & LaToya on stage.
Michael was asked to be best man at the wedding of Diana Ross & Arne Naess but he cancels at the last minute and no longer had contact with Diana
- February 2:
Michael gave a 5 minute interview about Quincy Jones for CBS 60 minutes program.
- February 25:
Michael, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones & Stevie attended the Grammy Awards and “We Are The World” received four awards.
- March 8:
Heart transplant recipient Donna Ashlock visited Michael at Havenhurst. She stayed for lunch and watched a movie with Michael.
Michael accompanied Elizabeth Taylor to the opening of the Hollywood Park Race Track in Inglewood .
- May 9:
Michael, Emmanuel Lewis, & aides stayed at the Helmsley Palace Hotel.
- May 10:
Michael & Emmanuel attended the Sunday matinee of Broadway’s Big Deal
- May 12:
During a press conference at New York ’s Red Parrot, Pepsi announced a new contract with Michael for a reported $15 million and he received a Guinness Book of World Records plaque for having received the largest payment ever for a product endorsement.
- May 13:
On their last evening in New York , Michael & Emmanuel watched The Little Shop Of Horrors.
Michael & Corey Feldman went to Disneyland . For the first time, Michael was seen in public wearing a surgical mask.
After writing many songs, Michael began recording a new album with Quincy Jones.
Michael attended the concert of the Norwegian group A-Ha in Hollywood with Sophia Loren.
- September 12:
“Captain EO”, Michael’s 17 minute 3-D musical fantasy premiered at Epcot Center in Disneyworld in Florida and the day after in Disneyland in California.
Michael & Elizabeth Taylor attended a Liza Minnelli concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood .
Michael & Run-DMC worked together on an anti-drug song.
- November 19-29:
Michael filmed a 16 minutes video for the song “Bad” directed by Martin Scorsese and featured Wesley Snipes. Scenes were filmed in Dobbs Ferry, a tiny hamlet in upstate New York and in a subway of the Bronx . The song and video told the story of Daryl, a black youth from the ghetto who returned home from his private school.
- December 10:
Michael attended a presentation by the American Friends Of The Hebrew University
- December 19:
Michael attended a performance of The Little Shop Of Horror.