As we come to the close of 2019, The Boot is looking back at some of the top headlines from the year. Readers can look back and remember the stories that have made waves in the country music world from now until just before Christmas.

To determine the five biggest stories of each month, The Boot's staff looked at website traffic; the featured stories received the most visitors throughout the month in which they broke.

Miranda Lambert pulled off the biggest surprise of February 2019: She revealed that she'd gotten married earlier in the year, to a then-mystery man named Brendan McLoughlin. But while Lambert was celebrating new love, Ronnie Milsap, sadly, spent the month mourning the death of his son.

What else happened during the second month of the year? Blake Shelton performed an unexpected duet with a rock 'n' roll icon and ... well, keep reading.

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