January : Janet shoots the video for “What’s it Gonna Be” with Busta Rhymes.
“Ask for More” is released as a promotional single by Janet Jackson for Pepsi.
The campaign is launched as a re-branding for Pepsi internationally.
Alternate versions of the campaign also co-stars Hong Kong singer Aaron Kwok for the Asian market and aired in China, and Latino singer Ricky Martin for the Latin market and aired in Latin America.
A duet version of the song performed in Spanish by Jackson and Martin was also aired in Europe as part of the commercial campaign.
A full length promotional music video of the version with Kwok was released in Asian markets. The original version of the ad features model and dancer Rob Vinson. Dancers Tina Landon and Shawnette Heard appear in all versions of the ad along with Janet.
January 6 : Janet gets together with Teddy Riely, of the music group Blackstreet, at Broadway Stages in Long Island City to shoot the video for “Girlfriend/Boyfriend”.
January 10 : Janet flies from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan with Rene.
January 11 : Janet accepts an American Music Awards via satellite live from Tokyo.
January 12 + 13 + 14 : Janet gives three concerts at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
January 16 + 17 + 19 + 20 : Janet gives 4 concerts at the Osaka-jō Hall in Osaka, Japan.
January 21 : Janet gives a concert at the Nagoya Rainbow Hall in Nagaya, Japan.
January 23 : Janet gives a concert at the Hamamatsu Arena in Hamamatsu, Japan.
January 25 + 26 : Janet gives two concerts at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
January 27 : Janet, Rene & the Kids fly from Tokyo to Honolulu.
January 30 : Janet gives the 121st and last concert of the Velvet Rope Tour at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
February 12 : After 13 years of relationship and 8 years of marriage, Janet & Rene decide to split and soon file for divorce. Janet leaves their Malibu beach house.
March 9 : “What’s it Gonna Be” is released as a single.
Janet is on the cover of Ebony magazine.
March 21 : Janet attends the 71st Annual Academy Awards – Elton John AIDS Foundation Party at Pagani’s in Los Angeles with Shawnette & Lisa Marie Presley. She also spends time with Whitney Houston.
May 5 : Janet goes to Monaco with Shawnette where she is presented with a Lifetime Achievment Award by Prince Albert at the World Music Awards.
May 17 : In LA Janet attends the ASCAP Awards where she is presented with an award and presents another to Joni Mitchell.
May 27 : Janet attends the Commitment to Life XI Gala to Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City where she is presented with an Award for her fight against Aids.
June 16 : Janet & Swawnette attend the premiere of “The Ideal Husband” at the Paris Theatre in New York City.
June 23 : Janet & Shawnette attend a party hosted by Allure Magazine at Bottino in NYC.
August 18 : Janet attends the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood Busta Rhymes and her are presented with the Award For Best Video for “What’s It Gonna Be”.
September 9 : Janet attends the 16th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. Video Music Awards. She walks the red carper with Q-Tip and later she presents an award to Ricky Martin & Tina Landon.
Janet decides to delay the recording of her new album after learning that she got the part in Eddie Murphy’s new comedy “The Nutty Professor II”.
October 5 : Janet starts to film the movie Nutty Professor II in Los Angeles with Eddie Murphy.
October 8 : Debbie officially files for divorce and sign a confidentiality agreement.
October 23 : Birth of Royal Jackson, first child of TJ with Frances Casey, first grandchild of Tito and first great grandchild of Joe & Katherine.