Erm, yay? The first 2017 Minnesota State Fair act is ... Nickelback

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Chad Kroeger of Nickelback at a concert in Brazil.

Chad Kroeger of Nickelback at a concert in Brazil.

Nickelback – the band the world either loves or hates (most choose the latter) – is the first confirmed act for next year's Minnesota State Fair.

The Canadian rockers will play the Grandstand on the opening day of the fair, Thursday Aug. 24.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. with general admission, standing room-only tickets going for $80. Reserved stand seating is $65.

The band burst onto the scene with the 2001 hit "How You Remind Me" from the album Silver Side Up and have been splitting opinion ever since.

In spite of this, Chad Kroeger and company have a hardcore group of fans that have helped them carve out a hugely successful career, selling 50 million albums worldwide.

According to the State Fair website, they are "revered as electric live performers."

The band was in the news this week after Canadian police department, taking inspiration from police in Wyoming, Minnesota, threatened would-be drunk drivers that they would play Nickelback in their patrol cars in the event they're arrested – which TMZ reports the department took down after a complaint from the band.

50 million albums, so why the hate?

Such are the passionate opinions that the band generates, a student of the University of Eastern Finland did a study on reaction to the group based on 14 years of media reviews, US Magazine reports.

Salli Anttonen concluded that many critics found Nickelback "aren't genuine enough" and don't do enough to stand out from other bands. They also pinpointed the moment their 2008 song "Rockstar" became heavily commercialized, appearing in numerous advertisements including this U.K. furniture ad.

"Nickelback is too much of everything to be enough of something," she wrote in the study. "They follow genre expectations too well, which is seen as empty imitation, but also not well enough, which is read as commercial tactics and as a lack of a stable and sincere identity."

In this interesting deconstruction by Village Voice, they argue the band's ability to straddle both grunge and arena rock, combined with songs that also work in the pop aesthetic, makes enjoying their music (as many do) "sort of embarrassing."

Hating Nickelback, the piece concludes, "is a pretty easy way of taking a stand against the mainstream."

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