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.

In August of 2019, plans for the year's CMA Awards ceremony took shape -- and looked a bit different than in recent years. Country fans also learned that newly minted CMA Awards co-host Dolly Parton had some new music to share, but not solo.

Other classic country names, from sudden pop sensation Billy Ray Cyrus to the legendary group Alabama, also dominated the month's biggest headlines. So did Miranda Lambert, as she continued to release new songs from her then-forthcoming Wildcard album.

Who else was making country music headlines in August of 2019? Keep reading to remember: