When Justin Timberlake hit the Berklee Performance Center stage Friday afternoon, he skipped the suit and tie. In Boston to receive an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee on Saturday, the 10-time Grammy winner sat down with Berklee VP for Innovation and Strategy Panos A. Panay to talk about music, inspiration, and collaborating with Beyoncé, Madonna, Chris Stapleton, and Pharrell Williams, among many others.

“I’m in love with songs and the feel of music. I dare to suck when I’m writing them, though I try to make it look easy when I’m onstage,” he told the crowd, which included his mom, Lynn. “It always comes down to a really great song.”


Also receiving honorary doctor of music degrees on Saturday: “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen” orchestrator Alex Lacamoire and hip-hop legend Missy Elliott.