When the nominees for the 2009 Juno Awards were announced on Tuesday at a news conference, it was no surprise that B.C.-based rock band Nickelback took the lead with five nominations.
"Come on, you're supposed to be excited!" said CTV president Susanne Boyce to the assembled journalists, who expressed an ambivalent reaction to the news.
Indeed, critics have been rolling their eyes at the success of Nickelback since the group first emerged in the late '90s and shot to fame with their hit single How You Remind Me. The quartet has been nominated 45 times for Junos, Grammys and MuchMusic Video Awards.
Yet their persistent success is met with persistent loathing.
Despite 624,415 fans of the band on Facebook, there's also a group on the website called "I bet I can find 69,000 people who hate Nickelback" with 21,573 members, as well as another called "Every time Nickelback is played, God kills a Llama" with 19,762.
So what, exactly, do the haters hate about this band?