The 28-year-old Scot followed up his glorious triumph at the Davis Cup by pipping controversial boxer Tyson Fury to the coveted title.
Murray also faced stiff competition from the likes of athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and long jump world champion, Greg Rutherford.
Rugby league's Kevin Sinfield was runner-up, with Ennis-Hill third and Fury fourth.
The tennis star, who won Wimbledon in 2013, may have scooped the title, but it wasFury who was attracting all the attention beforehand with more rants against those who campaigned to have him dropped from the SPOTY list over his views on gays and women.
The 27-year-old said: “I don’t really care what people think, if they like me or not, they still watch me.
“If its about personality, there’s clearly not a person in the world whose got a bigger personality than myself.
"If it’s about sporting achievement when’s the last time anyone from the UK beat a superchamp after 11 years in his own country against all the odds?
“I don’t think that’s been done before that’s a sporting achievement in itself and if it’s not about personality I won’t win will I.
"But if it is then I’m a hands down winner aren’t I?”
Fury was at the event in Belfast with pregnant wife, Paris.
And Pride of Britain Award winner Bailey Matthews has come out trumps once more after winning a top gong at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The schoolboy, who has cerebral palsy, was the recipient of the Helen Rollason Award after he completed a triathlon unaided.