January 11 : At the first annual Black Gold Awards, produced by Dick Clark, Michael wins four awards (but does not attend). Janet is presented with the hottest female newcomer of the year award at the Black Gold Awards in Los Angeles (with a video congratulations from Michael).
January 16 : Michael, Janet & LaToya attend the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with Brooke Schields and Emmanuel Lewis.
February 7 : Michael goes to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Natural History to receive awards from CBS & The Guineess Book Of World Records to celebrates Thriller as the largest-selling album of all time (25 millions at the time) Among the many guest are Michael’s date for the evening Brooke Schields, & the whole Jackson family (including LaToya, Rebbie & Janet).
February 26 : Katherine, LaToya, Janet & Michael attend the premiere of Pepsi’s Jacksons commercial at a black-tie event for 1000 bottlers at New York City ’s Lincoln Center.
Janet appears in Diff’rent Strokes episode titled “The Wedding Part 2”
February 28 : In the company of Brooke Schields & Emmanuel Lewis, Michael attends the Grammy Awards ceremony broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium of Los Angeles. He wins an unprecedented 8 awards. On stage he shares his triumph with producer Quincy Jones and invites Janet, LaToya & Rebbie to joins him.
May 4 : The whole Jackson family gather to host a surprise party to honour Katherine at the Bistro Garden in Beverly Hills . Michael offers her a Rolls Royce!
Janet appears in Diff’rent Strokes episode titled “The Houseguest”.
May 28 : Janet & LaToya appear on the cover of Jet magazine.
June : Janet graduates from high school and decides not to go to College.
July : Janet joins the cast of musical TV show “Fame” on NBC. She plays the part of Cleo Hewitt. She also starts recording a second album for A&M.
July 23 : Janet appears on the cover of Jet Magazine.
July 29+30+31 : The Jacksons perform concerts at the Giants stadium in East Rutherford (New Jersey) attended by Katherine, Janet, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon among others.
August 13 : “Don’t Stand Another Chance” is released at the 1st single from “Dream Street”. Janet does not shoot a video for this song.
August 31 : Janet performs Don’t Stand Another Chance on Much More Music in Toronto, Canada.
September 7 : While the Jackson family is on tour, Janet & her boyfriend James DeBarge secretly elope in Grand Rapids (Michigan). Janet only reveals her secret marriage to LaToya but soon the press reveals the wedding. James moves into Hayvenhurst in Janet’s bedroom.
September 15 : In Los Angeles, Janet performs her new single “Don’t Stand Another Chance” + “Dream Street” on American Bandstand.
“Two To The Power Of Love” is released at the 2nd single from “Dream Street”. Janet does not shoot a video for this song.
September 29 : Season 4 premiere of “Fame” featuring Janet is aired on NBC.In the first episode Janet/Cleo performs her new single “Two To The Power Of Love” with Jesse Borrego taking Cliff Richard’s place.
October 23 : Janet’s second album titled “Dream Street” is released by A&M Records. It will peak at #147 on Billboard 200. “Fast Girls” is released at the 3rd single from “Dream Street”. Janet does not shoot a video for this song.
Janet gives an interview on the Bryant Gumbel show.
October 27 : In Fame new episode “The Heart Of Rock N Roll”, Janet/Cleo performs “Don’t Stand Another Chance”.
November : Janet & James move in a condo in Brentwood.
November 20 : “Dream Street” is released to radios as the 4th & final single from “Dream Street’. Due to low sales of the album A&M cancel the released of the single. A music video is shot later as part of “Fame” storyline but it was never played on MTV or used as promotional video for the single.
December 7+8+9 : The Jacksons play their last Victory Tour concerts at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles . During the last song of the last concert, Janet, LaToya & Rebbie join the group on stage with all the nieces and nephews to dance all together.
Michael hosts a family day at Hayvenhurst to open the « Memory Room » with family pictures and history.
Janet, Latoya & Rebbie attend the Princess Grace Foundation Gala + a party hosted by Essence Magazine in honour of her mother Katherine Jackson.
January : Janet presents an award with sister Rebbie at the Black Gold Awards at the Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
January 26 : In Fame’s new episode “The Heart Of Rock N Roll II”, Janet/Cleo performs a rendition of Jackson 5 hit “I Want You Back”.
January 28 : Janet attends the American Music Awards with James & LaToya. She and LaToya presents an award to Kenny Rogers. Rebbie also attends and she presents an award.
February 2 : Janet is a guest star on a two part episode of ABS series “Love Boat”. She plays the character Della. The episodes were shot on location in Scandinavia & Russia.
March 28 : Janet attends the premiere of “The Last Dragon” with James.
April : Janet leaves Fame & she decides to annul her marriage to James DeBarge because of his drug addiction among other things. She goes back to Hayvenhurst and suffers from depression.
May 25 : In Fame’s season 4th finale, Janet/Cleo performs “Dream Street”. This is Janet first ever promotional music video and also her last appearance on the show.
Previous era : Janet Jackson years : 1982-1983