Originally issued in 2005 on the São Paulo-based Urban Jungle, Céu was picked up by Six Degrees/Starbucks/Hear Music in the US and UK, JVC in Japan and Harmonia Mundi in Europe. Céu received a Grammy and Latin Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” of 2006. She is also riding high on a wave of international success in France, where the influential Les Inrockuptibles recognized her as one of the top 5 musical revelations of 2005, Holland, and Italy, as well as in Canada, where she was recently the fourth highest-selling artist for the Archambault chain of music shops while simultaneously holding the number 32 slot on the pop charts. Debut album in the U.S. with Six Degrees Records as the first international artist on Starbucks' Hear Music Debut Series. Her album was received with critical praise from NPR's Morning Edition, The Associated Press, Reuters, and many more, hailing her as "…a fresh new face in the Brazilian music scene." Her album has sound scanned over 130,000 copies to date, making her the biggest selling Brazilian artist of 2007. Céu reached unprecedented chart numbers for a Brazilian female artist—1 on Billboard's Heatseekers (New Artist) Chart, 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 1 on Billboard's World Music charts. In 2008, Céu received a Grammy nomination for "Best Contemporary World Music Album" in 2008 for her debut album Céu. In 2009, her critically acclaimed second album Vagarosa reached #2 on the US Billboard's World Music charts. The album has since been nominated for a 2010 Latin Grammy Award for Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album.
In 2010, Céu was invited by Herbie Hancock to record a version of "Tempo de Amor" for The Imagine Project album.
In 2012, Céu received her fourth Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Brazilian Pop Album” for her critically acclaimed third album Caravana Sereia Bloom.
In 2014, she released in Brazil her first live DVD/CD entitled Céu – Ao Vivo, the concert was filmed in August 2014 in São Paulo.
Ceu’s latest release, Tropix (2016) was named the year's best Brazilian album by Rolling Stone Brasil, as well as by the great majority of the Brazilian Music Press. Tropix went on to win 2 Latin Grammys for “Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album” and “Best Engineered Album of the Year”. It also won 4 out of 9 nominations at the prestigious Multishow Awards, Brazil's biggest recording industry awards. Tropix appeared on the year’s best list from Mojo Magazine (UK) and Les Inrockuptibles (France) and was praised by music critics worldwide like the New York Time (US), La Presse (Canada), The Guardian (UK) and many others. Her show was awarded “Best Live Show in 2016” by the Brazilian most important newspapers “Globo”, “Folha de São Paulo” and “Estado de São Paulo”.
In March 2017, Céu performed at Lollapalooza Brasil and was invited on stage by British pop band Duran Duran. She is currently on tour in Brazil with Brazilian legend Jorge Benjor to perform on an eight-show tour in front of a total crowd of almost 2 million people.
In September 2107, Céu performed at Rock In Rio.