Threatened BBC music stations 6 Music and the Asian Network hit back against their proposed closure by winning gold awards at the Sony Awards.

BBC 6 Music, which has attracted support from many music stars and the U.K. music industry, won gold for best comedy last night (May 10) thanks to the Adam and Joe show, while former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker picked up the Sony DAB rising star award.

Cocker used his acceptance speech to plead the case for saving the station, saying the award was "vindication of the 6 Music way of working."

"The show couldn't exist anywhere else," he said, warning that the commercial sector "wouldn't take up the slack" if 6 was axed.

Meanwhile, Nihal Arthanayake picked up the best speech program for his Asian Network show and said the BBC should stop "bending to politicians" who "want to have their wicked way" with the corporation.

The wins give a timely boost to the campaigns to save both stations, with just two weeks remaining for submissions to the BBC Trust's public consultation into the proposed closures.

But the big awards at the London Grosvenor House Hotel went elsewhere, with top 40 network BBC Radio 1's alternative tastemaker Zane Lowe picking up double gold for best specialist music program and music broadcaster of the year, and his colleague Scott Mills scooping music radio personality of the year.

Over at A/C-formatted BBC Radio 2, Dermot O'Leary won best music program, while classic rock station Planet Rock scooped digital station of the year and A/C commercial network Absolute Radio won double gold for best live event and best competition.

Veteran R&B broadcaster Trevor Nelson picked up the prestigious Gold Award for lifetime achievement.

Music personalities also loomed large at the ceremony, hosted by Radio 2 breakfast show presenter Chris Evans, with the likes of Katie Melua, Squeeze, the Magic Numbers and the Saturdays all handing over gongs.