DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Lions organization says like it or not, Nickelback will be the halftime entertainment at the Thanksgiving Day game versus Green Bay at Ford Field.

The selection of the Canadian rockers, which was unconfirmed until Thursday, made thousands of Lions fans furious, saying the halftime show should have a Detroit flavor. An anti-Nickelback petition drive online netted over 50,000 supporters.

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Nickelback, which is from Hanna, Alberta, isn’t taking it personally, and said they are “honored to perform” at the game. Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger said the band members “always love playing in Detroit.”

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Nickelback has a new album “Here and Now” dropping on Nov. 21, which many speculate is the reason they were chosen to perform.

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The Lions organization also announced the National Anthem will be sung by “American Idol” season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina.