As we hit the midpoint of 2018, The Boot is looking back at some of the best new music and biggest headlines of the year so far. All this week (June 4-8), readers can reminisce about the stories that have made waves in the country music world throughout the first half of the year. 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 May 2018, country music fans teared up as Kelly Clarkson made a powerful statement against gun violence, and cringed at a couple of very awkward performances from the genre's superstars. They also breathed a sigh of relief once we heard Willie Nelson's health scare was a mild one, and celebrated with Maren Morris as she received several amazing honors.

Read on below to learn more about the top country music stories of May 2018.